Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, I wrote an article mocking Republicans for rewarding a man who clearly conned his way into the White House.
I actually had one of my Trump-supporting friends show a bit of concern after I told her that I was looking forward to saying “I told you so” after this disaster of a presidency. When I first said this she was very defiant, though I quickly saw concern build as she realized I was being dead serious. That’s when she finally said, in a somewhat defeated way, “I guess we’ll see.”
Well, we’re already seeing.
Within a matter of hours any mention of Trump’s “Muslim ban” had been scrubbed from his website. When he was asked about his promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton, he immediately began backtracking on that, saying he hadn’t really thought about it because he had other priorities. Even when he’s talked about repealing the Affordable Care Act, he’s now saying there are parts of it he wants to keep and has gone from unequivocally saying he was going to repeal Obamacare to saying “either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”
And remember the anti-establishment “Washington outsider” who rallied against lobbyists and special interests? “Drain the swamp!,” he often said.
Yeah, his transition team is filled with Washington insiders, lobbyists and several of his top donors.
Nothing like running a campaign by convincing millions of Americans that you were the candidate who was going “drain the swamp” by refusing to sell out to insiders and lobbyists — then immediately filling your transition team with insiders and lobbyists.
But then there’s my favorite part.
Reports have surfaced indicating that it’s starting to sink in with Donald Trump what it actually means to be the president, prompting him to ask advisers how much time he’s going to actually have to spend at the White House since he would prefer to be in New York City or at one of his resorts. From these reports people are indicating that he only wants to spend about four days a week in Washington.
Yes, the president-elect, the next person to lead this nation, took less than a week before he apparently started whining to his advisers about the job he hasn’t even started doing yet.
If Trump gets his way, taxpayers are going to be spending tens of millions of dollars over the next four years as he makes his routine trips back and forth between Washington and New York — because when he ran for president he apparently didn’t realize that job is in Washington D.C., not Trump Tower.
Trust me, it’s going to take an unprecedented (and very expensive) amount of security detail to secure a building like Trump Tower (or even one of his resorts) every single week for four straight years.
So much for the “party of fiscal responsibility.” Again.
And, correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t Republicans the ones who always attacked President Obama for playing golf or for supposedly taking too many vacations — even though he’s taken less than half as many vacation days as George W. Bush?
In fact, wasn’t it Trump who was recently throwing a fit about Obama being out campaigning for Hillary Clinton instead of in Washington doing his job? But he wants to spend nearly half of his entire presidency not in Washington?
This shouldn’t surprise anyone considering reports came out months ago claiming that, if elected, Trump planned to make his VP do most of the work.
Then again, none of this will likely matter because Trump supporters are so brainwashed that I’m convinced he could backtrack on every single campaign promise he made and they’d still make excuses for him, blaming anyone and everyone but him.
All I can do is laugh. We’re not even a week beyond Election Day and Donald Trump is already proving how stupid it was for his supporters to believe anything he said.
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