Trump Is Mad That His Followers Are Finding Out What His Policies Actually Do
It doesn’t take 20/20 vision to see that Donald Trump’s presidency has become the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people, and that his “populism” is no more than a big lie.
Trump isn’t a self-made business titan so much as a trust-fund kid turned con artist. His administration isn’t pro-worker, only pro-boss; and far from “draining the swamp,” he’s flooding it with raw sewage.
But for a certain segment of the population, Trump is genuinely a man of the people: Fox News viewers.
Yes, like Trump, millions of ordinary Americans watch a lot of Fox News, but aren’t really interested in politics.
As noted by New York Magazine, “no occupant of the Oval Office has ever shared the average person’s disinterest in policy, parliamentary procedure, and the rudiments of American civics to the extent that Trump does. He is America’s first ‘low-information voter’ president.”
This was surely one source of his appeal on the campaign trail. The candidate spoke about politics like a regular Joe. Which is to say, like someone who doesn’t know much about politics but heard (or misheard) an outrageous thing about “Obummer” on Hannity last night. Jeb Bush read white papers, gave speeches at D.C. think tanks. Donald Trump watched Fox & Friends and shouted at his television.”
The fact that he gets most of his news from the GOP’s propaganda network has led him to assume that the party’s talking points bear some resemblance to political reality.
But if willful ignorance about politics and mindless faith in the claims of right-wing pundits worked for Trump as a candidate, they’ve proven less effective for him as a president.
Believing everything Fox News reported, Trump started his presidency by going after the Affordable Care Act. After all, Obamacare was a disaster. It was collapsing. Everyone hated it! And the Republicans in Congress had been waiting seven years to replace it with something really terrific, and patient-centered, and freedom-enhancing. So everything was set for him to score his first legislative victory.
“I thought that when I won I would go to the Oval Office, sit down at my desk, and there would be a health-care bill on my desk — to be honest,” Trump said in September. “It hasn’t worked out that way.”
Instead, Trump spent the entire time shouting from the sidelines as Ryan and Mitch McConnell tried and failed to pass Trumpcare, the most unpopular pieces of legislation in modern American history.
Eventually, condemnation of Trumpcare became so widespread and pervasive, even low-information voters began to understand what it actually did — and, thus, so did the president. In a meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump expressed his displeasure at how “mean” the House health-care bill was.
Now, weeks after introducing “his” tax-cut plan, Trump has realized that “his” people are starting to learn what it actually does. Instead of cutting cut taxes on the middle class, the plan is a giant giveaway to the wealthy, financed by taking money from a little special interest group called “the middle class.”
His supporters are starting to see that all Trump wants is to make himself richer, while juicing short-term economic growth to make himself more popular.
like the millions of low-information voters who elected him, Trump was duped by Fox News. And now he and, to a lesser extent, his supporters are growing disillusioned with his presidency.
And that is the reason behind Trump’s daily rants on Twitter. In fact, just today he tried —and failed— to drag his favorite enemy into a fight, tweeting that he hopes “croocked Hillary” runs in 2020.
I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, "I hope so!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2017
Sorry Trump, people are not falling for your distractions any more.