Are Trump Supporters Regretting Their Vote Now?
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"
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?
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.
Do you think Trump will be impeached?
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