1. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.
2. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.”
3. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses.
4. He said he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “wonderful.” You bought it. Then he didn’t.
5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.
6. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.
7. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.
8. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.
9. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. Then he put Betsy DeVos, opponent of public education, in charge of education; Jeff Sessions, opponent of the Voting Rights Act, in charge of voting rights; Ben Carson, opponent of the Fair Housing Act, in charge of fair housing; Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Russian quisling Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
10. He said he’d faithfully execute the law. You bought it. Then he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.
11. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the generals did. You bought it. Then he green lighted a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though his generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained
12. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He has by now spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.
13. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.
The American people did not really choose Donald Trump. His presidency exists without the support of the majority of voters and, in turn, without a true mandate from the American people. Trump walks and talks instead like an authoritarian, and seems to believe he is above the people and the law, and need not answer to either. He wants to be untouchable. He behaves with impunity and acts as if legal standards like obstruction of justice don’t apply to him.
Our democratic legitimacy comes from the “power of the people”. When a president is duly elected by the people, that person is accountable to those people. After a president is elected by a majority of the people, it is self-evident that the people who gave them power can also take it away. But when a president wins the White House while losing the popular vote, this accountability to the people is lost.
The president took power in defiance of the people, and expects to be able to do so again. So the will of the people becomes irrelevant in the mind – and decision making – of an illegitimate president. An illegitimate president can fire the FBI director in order to impede an investigation into his own campaign, and believe there will be no consequences. If he can fire the head of the FBI, what else can he do?
Also homeownership is wildly overhyped as an idea in America. It constitutes massive amounts of land and resource waste, and mortgages are just a way to get people who are financially secure enough to avoid paying rent to do so anyways. Yet the government still spends over a hundred billion dollars every year subsidizing it through the tax code because of pressure from the construction, real estate, and finance lobbies and voter support derived from the nostalgic normative ideal of “the American Dream”
me, in a loosely tied champagne coloured satin bathrobe with my hair piled on top of my head, delicately eating gourmet crackers and artisanal cheeses, my laugh sounds like wind chimes as I read trump voter regret stories
A new poll released Thursday brought more bad news for GOP leaders trying to garner enough support to pass the American Health Care Act.
Just 17% of voters support the AHCA, according to the Quinnipiac University poll, while 56% disapprove of the proposal.
White voters without college degrees — a coalition that helped carry Trump to victory in November — disapprove of the AHCA by a stunning 26-point margin. Just 22% of those voters support the bill, compared to 48% who oppose the legislation.
The AHCA doesn’t even garner a majority support from Republican voters, with just 41% supporting the law. Read more (3/23/17 1:20 PM)
Nearly half of voters support Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.
However the only parts of the GOP plan voters overwhelmingly approve of are actually Obamacare hallmarks — including guaranteeing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and allowing people under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ health care plans.
In fact, many of the changes Republicans want to make to Obamacare are extremely unpopular, according to the survey. Read more.(3/15/2017 11:05 AM)
The Senate confirmed Tom Price as secretary of health and human services at 2 a.m. on Friday. After a contentious confirmation process, the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress had finally installed one of the leading generals in its war on Obamacare in the department that oversees its programs. Price is a titan in the GOP camp that wants to repeal the health law, and is perhaps one of the few Republican lawmakers with both the vision and the experience needed to begin the daunting task.
But the battlefield under Price’s feet has shifted substantially in the past few weeks. Republicans have splintered, the timeline for repeal has dragged on and on, alternative plans have propagated in the fertile soil of disunion, and some have lost their resolve. And in the turmoil over the fate of Obamacare, the idea of universal health care has emerged as a third way among voters in both parties. The health system the mainstream GOP opposes most is now one some of its voters support—potentially making Price’s task of replacing Obamacare all the more complicated.
The political appeal of a single-payer, universal health-care system is perhaps best outlined by Jessi Bohon, a high-school teacher who attended a raucous and often angry town hall with Republican Representative Diane Black in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, last week:
Bohon was able to ask Black a question, and she began with a defense of Obamacare. “As a Christian, my whole philosophy in life is pull up the unfortunate,” she said, referencing the law’s individual mandate and how requiring healthy Americans to purchase insurance lowers costs for the sick. But Bohon went a step further in her support of expanding coverage and her criticisms of the private insurers who’ve complicated the law: “Why don’t we expand Medicaid, and have everybody have insurance?” she asked.
don’t be fooled one bit by Independents saying DEMOCRATS need them….
NO We Don’t, our democratic candidates will always win in blue states without the majority of them supporting them and depending on the red states, there too.It’s Independents who have no representation, and idiotically, by their own choice.I’m tired of having to compromise to these fence sitters just to earn their support and votes and then in the end on election day, they say screw us and go to the side that screws them.Then these centrist stand for nothings have the audacity to come back and blame the Democrats that they refused to even support.
The Independent Voter, especially the ones who are now affected by their own stupidity, NEEDS US MORE THAN EVER and more than we need their support or votes…..So, we can choose to help them, like we help most others who have been kicked to the curb by the GOP or we can kick them to the curb too.Either way, If those bystanders, fence sitters, centrist Independents want any of us to fight their battles for them anymore (disgusting that they are the majority and can’t fight their own battles), they will have to take 2-3 steps to the left, but I would suggest they take leaps instead, to catch up to the decades they skipped.
Why do you assume anyone that voted for Trump is racist?
Because every Trump voter/supporter decided that racism wasn’t a dealbreaker. That misogyny wasn’t a dealbreaker. That sexual assault, tax evasion, and refusal to pay for work accomplished weren’t dealbreakers…
More than any nominee for attorney general in modern American history, Sessions would be an unapologetic defender of the old Confederacy and has refused to criticize policies that stem directly from Jim Crow. For example, Alabama’s 1901 Constitution still includes language authorizing a poll tax and segregated schools. Referendums to remove such language—which Sessions failed to support—were defeated by voters in 2004 and 2012. Interracial marriage was illegal in the state until 2000. When Sessions was state attorney general, there were still officially segregated proms in the state.
Jeff Sessions Could Return Criminal Justice to the Jim Crow Era
I was wondering if you had an opinion on this….I feel it’s incredibly classist and victim blaming. I know you’ve written about coal miners and Appalachia in the past. Thank you.”
I think similar narratives (including I think the wider narrative the OP is referencing-the “coal miners should die because some of them might have voted for Trump” narrative) are classist but I don’t think in this particular context it necessarily is.
Because in this specific case they are specifically talking about lack of sympathy for admitted bigots/fascist supporters, in this case Trump voters specifically, not about wide swaths of poor people due to demographics
(not “people in areas that voted majority for Trump” only “those that voted for Trump”), I don’t think it is. People don’t have an obligation to be sympathetic to those who want them dead or feel sympathy towards a bigot who also happens to have other legitimate problems in their life.
Do you see the distinction I’m making here? “I hope Trump voters die” isn’t classist just because some of them are also poor, but “I hope coal miners die because some of them voted for Trump” would be because it’s a broad targeting based on class with thin political justifications. And I think most of the comments in the discussion there are in the first category, even though in many somewhat similar discussions going on now I’m seeing the second category a lot.
I don’t know the parties well here, but I think it’s entirely possible people are talking past each other and are meaning to talk about different things, I’m just going from what limited information I saw there so I could be wrong there though.
It’s also pretty tiring how journalists from national publications keep specifically only interviewing Trump voters for these pieces because they think that’s a better “in” when considering voter turnouts it shouldn’t be hard to find people who didn’t (poor people have lower voter turnouts, so the one in three eligible voters voted for Trump is probably even lower in poorer areas). Why don’t they ever seem to want to interview rural poor Democrats, third party voters, or non-voters? I think there’s some definite bullshit going on there too.
Edited to add quotes to make more clear what was the original submission and what was my response to it.