Over the weekend, the same Facebook post kept popping up on my feed. It was, essentially, a long whine about how poorly Donald Trump has been treated by pretty much everyone since becoming president, and at the end there was a list of names of regular people who were announcing their support for the pathetic human.
I was not shocked to find that most of the names were from Alabama.
Why people in one of the poorest states in America — a state filled with lower-middle class and poor workers — ever supported this billionaire conman is strange enough, but why they’re still supporting him today is a complete mystery to me.
The only answer that even makes sense is that maybe these men and women are wrapped so tightly in the conservative news bubble — with Fox News and Breitbart and the like serving as the American version of state-run news — they don’t know how badly this grifter has lied to them.
So, let’s go to the scoreboard — using Trump’s own words — and take a look at just how ridiculous still supporting this guy is.
Let’s start with …
“I’m gonna say, ‘Mexico, this is not going to continue, you’re going to pay for that wall,’ and they will pay for the wall.” — Donald Trump, Aug. 5, 2015
Not only has zero miles of border wall been built, you won’t believe who’s paying for that YUGE wall. Here’s a hint: It’s not Mexico, and it looks a lot like the person you see in the mirror.
“We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again.” — Donald Trump, July 22, 2016
You’ll be shocked to discover that Obamacare was not repealed. And there was no Trump health care plan that covered everyone for much less, as he also promised. The plan he did introduce — so awful that even Congressional Republicans didn’t have the heart to pass it — cost ten times as much and covered 20 million fewer people.
“We will bring back coal and get clean coal” to “put you back to work.” — Donald Trump, July 28, 2016
Since Trump took office, coal jobs have continued to decline. Almost as if it’s an outdated energy resource that’s being replaced by less costly, more efficient resources. Because that’s exactly what’s happening. Which is why the last president — you remember, the black guy you thought was Satan — tried to give you job training in those new technologies. Instead, you trusted the billionaire who literally thought “clean coal” meant scrubbing the black off. Good call.
“When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries for that matter, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton. Only by me.” — Donald Trump, June 22, 2016.
We’re well over a year into this presidency now and Trump has just dumped out his “plan” for infrastructure — an utterly impossible dream that would be unworkable even if he hadn’t ballooned the annual deficit with his stupid tax cuts for the wealthy.
“On day one of a Trump administration, the U.S. Treasury Department will designate China a currency manipulator.” — Donald Trump, Nov. 9, 2015 (Wall Street Journal)
Still not labeled a currency manipulator on Day 475.
“We are getting rid of the carried interest loophole.” — Donald Trump, Aug. 11, 2016
Narrator voice: He did not get rid of the carried interest loophole.
“I’m so much more into the middle class who have just been absolutely forgotten in our country. Everybody’s getting a tax cut, especially the middle class.” – Donald Trump, May, 2016
Funny story: the tax plan will actually benefit the middle class the least, with the top 1 percent receiving 84 percent of the cuts by 2024 and 53 percent of Americans actually paying more. And it doesn’t stop there.
Trump has been engulfed in scandal since his first day, when he started a stupid fight over his inauguration crowd size, and has slowly eroded any decency associated with the office of U.S. president. He’s been caught paying off a porn star, has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, has spent more on golf vacations in one year than Obama did in three, has run through more White House staff than most presidents do in two terms and he’s employed some of the swampiest of swampy DC insiders.
And none of that even touches on the ongoing Mueller investigation, which has already led to four Trump associates being indicted and the raid of Trump’s lawyer’s office.
Yet, still, these people are signing their names in support of this clown.
I guess this is how Kim Jong Un remains in power.