Friday, December 23, 2016

Trump Is Already Ditching His Movement

As the last post notes, white working class voters who voted for Donald Trump were played for fools and fell hook line and sinker for Trump's appeals to racism, bigotry and general misogyny.  And it is not only "liberals" who are noting the fact that these folks may be about to reap what they have sowed.  A piece in National Review - hardly a screaming liberal outlet - looks at the manner in which Donald Trump is already beginning to kick his working class followers to the curb even as many of them are stupid enough to continue to go to his "thank you rallies" in states that went for him in the Electoral College vote.  These people deserve whatever befalls them.  That said, we will need to be watchful to see who Trump tries to scapegoat rather than admit his own betrayal of these morons.  Here are article highlights:
We are one month from inauguration day, and it looks like the Donald Trump revolution is already almost over. In its place is a globalist establishment led by a rogue tweeter. Doubt me? Let’s review the great causes that motivated his base.
 Since winning the White House, Trump has not “burned it down.” Instead, he’s “built it up.” Trump’s anti-establishment candidacy has put the establishment in charge. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell remain at the helms of the House and Senate. McConnell — the ultimate insider — may now be the most powerful Senate majority leader in decades, thanks to Harry Reid’s weakening of the filibuster. Trump’s core wanted to destroy both men. Instead, they rule their chambers and look primed to pass their own agendas through Congress.
Beyond Capitol Hill, Trump has stocked his staff and his cabinet with establishment fixtures and billionaires.
If Trump didn’t “burn it down,” he sure didn’t “drain the swamp.” . . . . Government by Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil is government by the swamp, of the swamp, and for the swamp. This isn’t a revolution, it’s a thoroughly conventional changing of the guard. The list goes on.
It’s almost as if Trump said what he needed to say to win election, without regard for the truth or the consequences. Imagine that! Indeed, he even seemed to impute his own motives to his crowd. At a rally last week he said, “You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?”
For Trump, it was all tactics. And he appears to think it was just tactics for his supporters as well.
Trump’s foreign policy, however, is still the wild card, and he has done nothing at all to show Americans that he has a proper understanding of the metastasizing Russian threat to America’s vital strategic interests.
Trump’s movement was always about Trump. And those who marched to the polls believing that he’d “fight” for them should now know that the only fights he picks are those it’s in his self-interest to pick.

[Y]ou can also count on him to blur the lines between his business and his administration, because money is in his self-interest. And he’ll likely keep tweeting like a Breitbart blogger, because that has served his political interests beautifully, at least so far.
It’s as if the people stormed the Bastille and set up the guillotines, only to find their leader feasting with King Louis. It turns out he was a member of the ancien rĂ©gime all along.
Will Trump's working class supporters ever figure out that they were played by a con artist?  Many New Yorkers who know Trump best tried to warn the nation, but rural and working class voters who seemingly celebrate their own ignorance ignored the warning. 

1 comment:

EdA said...

I fear that the hopes and beliefs of the first Republican president have been crushed by the next Republican president, "we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." It seems that under the reign of Putin's Puppet, the only part to remain, at least with respect to THIS part of the earth, is the "government of the people" part.