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Are Trump Supporters Regretting Their Vote Now?

Updated on March 3, 2017
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Krista is a published author, entrepreneur, and small business owner. She has certifications in human nutrition as well as animal behavior.

Policy Based Voting...

What other reason do we decide to vote for a specific candidate than we agree with their stance on policies.

Even though there's still a lot of confusion about Donald Trump's views on certain issues, he had the undying support of millions of Americans. Was he elected because of the few staunch policies he supported and never waivered on? Was it those policies that made everyone who supported him turn a blind eye to the flip-flopping he did? Were those issues simply not important enough to them; issues such as Civil Rights, Freedom of Religion, and other sacred rights our ancestors fought and sacrificed to achieve? Were there people who voted for him because they voted Republican no matter who was running? Was Hillary more despicable than a man who makes fun of, and ridicules, the disabled, and/or the people he deems unattractive? Didn't it matter to these supporters that as a person running for the highest elected governmental position, Trump was already trampling one of our most sacred protections against discrimination?

Many of the people I know who voted for Trump did so because they liked his stances on immigration, and they wanted Obamacare dismantled. They thought he was honest and genuine in his behavior and speeches, and thought it was a refreshing change. The younger people seemed concerned primarily with immigration and got lost in some of the rhetoric Trump spouted during his campaigning as the video at the bottom of the page exemplifies.

Many people voted for Trump because they didn't want another Clinton in the White House. They were tired of the same-ole-tired establishment they thought would continue under a Clinton administration (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/09/why-did-people-vote-for-donald-trump-us-voters-explain). Some other reasons people voted for him included the belief that he could bring jobs to the U.S., and make business deals that would make America prosperous.

According to the latter article, there were even people who were repulsed and ashamed that they were voting for him, but did so anyway ((https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/09/why-did-people-vote-for-donald-trump-us-voters-explain)! Those people regretted it as they were doing it, and I know this mentality stretches far beyond just one or two people. I've been wracking my brain trying to decide how to feel about that, but I can't make any sense of it. They claimed they didn't want to throw their vote away (voting 3rd party), but isn't that how we exercise our right to choose? I know people who had the same reasoning voting for Clinton.

If the Gallup polls are accurate, 60% of Americans wanted a third party candidate to win the presidency (http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/60-of-americans-want-a-third-party-candidate-for-2016.html). Less than 5% of the popular vote actually went to the 3rd parties, according to the Election 2016 National results. If those people had gone with their gut instead of their fear, we'd probably be having a very different kind of discussion right now.

"Replulsed and Ashamed"

Even people who were repulsed and ashamed for voting for Trump still did so.
Even people who were repulsed and ashamed for voting for Trump still did so.

Why are People Changing Their Minds Now?

It seems a lot of Trump supporters are going to staunchly stand by their vote and never admit regretting it no matter what happens. Others are starting to voice their displeasure.

Obamacare is one issue that may be raising concern. Maybe Trump isn't going to extinguish it after all. Isn't that one of the main reasons people voted for him? He is already considering keeping certain parts of it; the parts that are talked about in the following article, but what other parts did Obama ask him to keep intact (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-open-to-amending-obamacare-affordable-care-act/)?

And that wall Trump promised to build to block Mexican immigrants from crossing the border illegally? Experts are pointing out some mighty big holes in those bricks already. If Trump plans on improving the economy as well as U.S. jobs, he'll probably have to do an about-face on that issue, too (http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-plan-secure-border-mexican-auto-industry-2016-11).

If these two staunch issues were the big reason Trump was voted in, it looks like his supporters are in for a lot of disappointment. Maybe even more than the Clinton supporters are experiencing now.

Maybe some of them are angry that Trump didn't keep his word about taking Hillary down for her alleged crimes, or that he seems to be on very friendly terms with her, as well as with Obama. Perhaps they're seeing hypocrisy that isn't so easy to make excuses for.

With Trump's history of changing his stance on various policies from one day to the next, It probably isn't logical to expect he won't compromise or back out of any issue if it suits him. Perhaps Trump is more of a moderate than his supporters had thought, or maybe even the unthinkable is true; that he's more liberal than they thought!

If the forecasts predicted by some experts are true, it's only a matter of time before Trump gets impeached. The GOP would much rather have Pence as the President (http://www.nyunews.com/2016/11/21/professor-predicts-impeachment-for-donald-trump/). This would spell even more disaster for the Democrats and the less-conservative Republicans who believe the government has no right in people's bedrooms, or anywhere else in their personal lives. I think Trump's choice for VP was a calculated move he may of thought would protect him. He probably never considered the flip-side of the coin that could do him more harm than good.

Could This be the Cause of Trump's Impeachment?

Trump's International hotel just blocks away from the White House literally looks like a castle. Was it built for Kings?
Trump's International hotel just blocks away from the White House literally looks like a castle. Was it built for Kings?
Quite a stately bedchamber, even for the super rich.
Quite a stately bedchamber, even for the super rich.

Trump's Impeachment

Can Trump be impeached for breaking his promises? Can he be impeached through public pressure? No, not likely. It's not easy to impeach someone as history has shown us, and he'd have to break some pretty serious laws in order for that to happen. Well, guess what, he has!

With his business dealings he has the capability of entertaining foreign diplomats at his swanky hotel in D.C. where a conflict of interest that's very illegal could ensue(http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/presidentelect-donald-trump-could-be-impeached-over-his-hotel-soiree-with-foreign-diplomats-legal-experts-say/news-story/27453853c23e85f9241ee06ce1f569a5). According to the article, he could still be impeached, even if he resigns from his companies, or passes it on to other family members. Since this hasn't happened since Trump has taken office, It's my opinion it never will unless Congress decides to use it as an excuse to get him out. There have been Presidents who've done far worse things without getting impeached and what you or I think about it is of little consequence.

This, on top of his many lawsuits, some of which involve fraud and other crimes, could be another way Trump may face impeachment (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/could-donald-trump-be-impeached-before-being-inaugurated-1590977).

It's very difficult to believe with these above facts alone that Trump ever made it past the primaries, but now that he has become our President, whatever he does reflects on all of us whether we voted for him, or not. It isn't so much that it makes us look like a bunch of bumbling idiots who'd elect Bozo the Clown to the Presidency if he promised us a weekly pizza day at work. No, it's more about showing the world how out-of-control and broken our system is. That we're a nation that's so desperate for change we'd elect a President who's known to be shady and volatile and it doesn't matter to us. Worst of all, it shows how weak and vulnerable we are as a Nation. Is this what the Trump supporters are beginning to realize? Why is it happening now that it's too late?

Are the biggest Trump supporters silently wondering if they haven't made some terrible mistake in choosing him? Maybe they know Trump won't do half the things he promised, even if he does make it to 100 days in office. The ones who are emerging and speaking out about their concerns seem confused and listless. Perhaps they're already getting angry, or maybe even a bit embarrassed. How could they ever explain to the rest of the country how wrong they were for supporting him?

Trump has already taken some big steps in altering the face of this country and so far, they aren't positive changes. He's dismantling many systems that benefitted the people as well as our environment, and we should all be concerned about what he's capable of doing. First time home-buyers are going to feel the pinch (see video below), and that isn't a good thing. I know a young person who has been saving for years to buy a home; his first, and now he may not be able to until he's an old, retired man.

It's very possible that we'll see many, many, changes in America within the next year; changes the people who voted for Trump most likely weren't expecting. Changes that will NOT make America great again, or ever.

When it comes down to it, no matter what promises or shtick someone spouts out their mouth, it's their actions alone that ultimately tell the truth. Unfortunately with Trump, a lot of people chose to ignore the actions this individual displayed, and simply trusted what was coming out his pie-hole. It was a very dangerous gamble, and we're already losing it.

Presidential Impeachment

Do you think Trump will be impeached?

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      Fiorenzo Arcadi 2 months ago from 1592 Bloor Street West

      The presidential leader of the United States of America is focused not with respect to law and order, but with ameliorating the potential threat of drug cartels, Islamic extremist influence, and other potential and imminent threats on American soil.

      What is problematic is that nothing was given to deter Islamic extremism in their land-grab of the Middle East. Nothing has been resolved with their characterization of their own human law in discarding the many lives that they must murder to achieve their objectives.

      Once a US President focuses on the own threats imminent to their domestic soil, the larger more prevailing threats are never circumvented towards a peaceful resolution of the nations encompassing the Middle East. There is no plan or resolution for Syrian settlement or Iraq’s peaceful development. Donald Trump is a failure to the world.

      If Donald Trump’s philosophical point of view is to allow Americans to be more equal than Mexicans then perhaps he has the right to eliminate them all since he apparently possesses that power

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      Krista D'Ambroso 6 months ago from California

      Yes, Sanxuary. I've checked on some of these allegations myself by going straight to the horses mouth (the EPA website) and discovered that certain functions of it are indeed "down." The very obvious brainwashing of those who are accepting of all this is just another sign that we're heading directly into a dictator led, fascist regime. We're in some serious trouble here, and those who are living in the fantasy that they're not going to be affected by it adversely are in for quite a wake-up call.

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      Sanxuary 6 months ago

      Cool in one day he just declared war with every Native American by going on with the pipeline. He also owns stock in both of these companies but several law suits were filed day one that he is in violation of ethics laws governing the President. He completely shut down the EPA at the Federal level and soon will be challenging every State EPA leading to thousands of law suits. He will soon build the wall with what money who knows. He has restricted health care for millions, mostly women. Soon every minority will no longer be on his side. The only people on his side will be the ones he can buy. Now he is disputing crowd size and claiming 5 million people voted illegally. This is a lie that has been told by the alt right for weeks. Creating a deception that people are really on his side. Everyone else is lieing except our glorious leader.

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      Krista D'Ambroso 7 months ago from California

      I think you're right. We're probably going to see a lot more of that as things like Medicare and Social Security get stripped away. This first year should be really interesting.

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      Sanxuary 7 months ago

      The other day a Trump supporter was throwing a fit over Hillary. I asked him did she not lose the Election and retire from politics. Then it occurred to me that he has to continue to attack Hillary because he is trying to justify his vote. I think he might be getting worried.

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      Krista D'Ambroso 8 months ago from California

      They seem to be so supportive of everything else he's done so far, I doubt if even a militarized government would scare them. They seem secure in the belief that taking away the rights of those they don't agree with can't extend to their own rights being taken away. I think they're in for a wake-up call, too, because their rights aren't anymore sacred to a fascist government than anyone else's.

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      Beatrice Krieger 8 months ago

      I voted for Hillary. When she was a senator and Secretary of State, she got raves from both democrats and republicans in congress. Then came all the lies about her. Her emails and Benghazi were investigated by the FBI and congress and there was nothing found and her haters gave up

      with talk of charges. Trump will not do anything he promised. actually he probably doesn't even know what he promised. He is loading his cabinet with people that are anxious to destroy everything, social security, Medicare, free press, protection for workers and the environment, protection for civil rights. Maybe when his supporters see armed tanks coming down their streets because of martial law, they will see the light.

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      Sanxuary 8 months ago

      What I find comforting and annoying are those who believe that those who disagree with Trump are Democrats. Trump won 24 percent of the vote and Hillary won 25 percent of the vote. That leaves 49 percent who voted for someone else or did not vote. Always excluded are those who can not vote but we assume they can not protest. That is a lot of people who do not like Trump. The next big mistake is to assume that the winner is popular with his agendas, Like his voters he assumes he can forget about the laws, ethics and Constitution for that matter governing his appointments on cabinet members and passing policy. We can only hope that our elected officials hold him to the same laws all elected officials have been held to. The first disagreements that will lead him to critisize his own members for upholding the laws should divide them real soon. Everyone who opposes him will soon have every reason to continue to do so.

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      Krista D'Ambroso 8 months ago from California

      I'm just amazed at how many people don't seem to care that we're at risk of losing our most cherished rights. Do they assume that it won't affect them in any way? Do they think Trump will suddenly end his biased tirades and not break every anti-discrimination protection we have once he takes office? Do they think that's a protection they don't need because they're Christian, white, and heterosexual? It's a delusion they just might see shattered. Once those protections, or any protections, are gone, every single one of us could be a target if we don't fit neatly into his ideal of how to "Make America Great...Again."

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      Sanxuary 8 months ago

      I am already laughing. The man is just going to approve anything to get his brand on it. For 8 years the Republicans denied any changes to Obama Care, never really Obama, and now he is just going to make the changes. We will now call it Trump Care because it will be excellent health care. 20 trillion in the hole because of the Bush bail outs of the banks he plans on cutting taxes on the rich mostly and to increase spending. What a plan, with all his conflicts of interest and a cabinet of failed politicians, Joseph Goebbels competitors and Fox news lovers this should be exciting. If we really want to know if Washington is doing its job we should be looking at 4 years of investigations because they should have gotten started on that yesterday. I can hardly wait for the continuous protest to begin as we are stopped and frisked daily. Every prison should be filled with protesters and 11 million immigrants here soon. In all this we seem to have forgotten the details to his plans and the reality of a nation that already has the largest prison industry in the World. We make Stalin's and Chinas great leap forward look small in this great Democracy of ours. When we no longer have any individual freedoms left I can always look out the bars and remember the time I wrote on hub pages.

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      sumit Patial 8 months ago

      Trump is a great man and now he is the President of USA. Then see what he do.

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      Krista D'Ambroso 8 months ago from California

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      Krista D'Ambroso 8 months ago from California

      Readmikenow, I am not a law expert, nor do I claim to be. I'm a researcher who compiled the information about Trump's impeachment into this article. If you'd read the sources I sited, you'd see that there are law experts who are predicting Trump will be impeached, either as a direct or indirect consequence of past crimes. If you're in a challenging mood, I suggest you take it up with them.

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      Readmikenow 8 months ago

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      It's obvious you are not a student of the law, history or political science. Guess what? This is an indisputable fact...a president can only be impeached for criminal acts he does while in office. Do you comprehend this fact? The Trump University lawsuit was a civil suit, it was not a criminal case. Here is another indisputable fact for you...there is a BIG difference between a civil suit and a criminal case. It was settled BEFORE he took office. I find your lack of knowledge and understanding agonizing.

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      Krista D'Ambroso 8 months ago from California

      I just stated the facts as I researched them, readmikenow, and apparently Trump has done some shady enough things that could definitely get him impeached. I'm not sure what a "high-crime", or "misdemeanor" is under your definition, but I'm fairly sure fraud falls under one of those. The University lawsuit he just settled is just one such example.

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      Dean Traylor 8 months ago from Southern California

      Readmikenow, his choices for cabinet are not exactly inspiring. And his not-to-subtle attempt to curtail the 1st amendment with the "Hamilton" tweet attacks and his meeting with the media -- in which he criticized one of them of making him look like he has a double-chin -- reveals a person who is ill equipped to lead a democracy, let alone exist as a leader in a democracy.

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      Virginia Allain 8 months ago from Central Florida

      One of my friends advised her brother (who voted for Trump) to quit spending money and save for the coming economic crash. Sigh, she is probably right. His "plans" to deregulate everything will put us back to the horror of 2008, if not worse.

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      Readmikenow 8 months ago

      Why write such a thing before Trump has even taken office? Impeach him? For what? Do you have any idea what is in the Constitution? Do you comprehend the concept of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" found in Section 4 of Article Two of the United States Constitution? Before anybody regrets their vote, maybe, just maybe, we should wait to see what kind of President he becomes. Talks of impeachment before he even takes office? Wow.

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      Nice article, I'm not sure Trump supporters will regret having him as president. Most of them have been brainwashed by right wing media. They are not the kind of people who do research and analysis to fact check issues. If they were, they wouldn't have voted for Trump. He has already softened his position on several of his promises and pledges, including Obama Care. the wall, immigration reform, and the EPA.

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      Dean Traylor 9 months ago from Southern California

      Despite the fact that many fake news writers are finally coming out and even admitting that most of the stuff they did was BS (and some expressed regret), many of those rabid readers of theirs are still passing that stuff around Facebook as if it's the gospel.

      If anything a small number of trump supporters will regret their decision. Hopefully over time more will do the same. However, I think it will be a long, hard road for many of them to see the light.

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      CJ Kelly 9 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Hardcore Trump will never regret their vote. They really voted against Hillary and immigrants. They don't know really know Trump (they think they do). I only wish Romney had not gone to visit the guy. I also would have liked to Ryan resign as Speaker to avoid the historical stain of these guys. No matter what his administration does, it will always carry a xenophobic stain. I would preferred to have lost the election then have this guy. By winning, we really lost.

      Most sadly, we are withdrawing from TPP and other trade agreements because this crowd simply doesn't understand them. Very, very sad.