The thing is, LRT actually gives you something more than buses, trolleybuses don't. They're just electric buses. Don't get me wrong, trolleybuses are great, they're silent, fast, comfy and don't need large batteries, but you can easily see how they could become cannon fodder for demagogues.
Which in the end is what often happened:>Hey guise, let's get rid of the streetcars, we can just use trolleybuses>Hey guise, let's get rid of the trolleybuses, they're no better than buses, and the catenary is ugly and expensive
rinse and repeat.
Hell, now everyone is talking about electric buses like it's the best thing since sliced bread, but they only care about battery buses, when trolleybuses have been around for literally over a century.
Fuck this gay earth.