When will the American public recognize that we have not only been lied to on a few of Trump’s campaign promises as is generally expected of any candidate but we’ve been lied to about the kind of man that Trump really is. He claimed to have wonderful, super, incredible plans for healthcare reform, so good you won’t believe it. It turns out he had no plan at all as shown by the fact that Paul Ryan is the one pitching an Obamacare replacement plan that doesn’t do any of the things that Trump promised during the campaign. Trump said his plan would cover more people at a lower price and continue to cover pre-existing conditions. The current iteration of the Republican Repeal and Replace does none of those things.
Trump said “I'm a really smart guy.” He also said “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things. . . . My primary consultant is myself, and I have, you know, I have a good instinct for this stuff.” If those statements had a shred of truth he’d have known that President Andrew Jackson was long dead by the time of the Civil War which Trump recently claimed
Jackson would have avoided. He’d also have
know that Frederick Douglass, a celebrated historical figure, was a
contemporary of Abraham Lincoln and therefore dead for over a century so he
wouldn’t have said “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an
amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”
That “big, beautiful wall” Trump promised
pay for and so many voted for him over isn’t happening either. At least he’s
backing off that one slowly, now it will only be in “certain areas” because “you
don't need” it where “you have these massive physical structures” or “you have
certain big rivers.” Of course Texas Republicans are strong proponents of
property rights so the use of eminent domain to acquire the land necessary to
build and support such a wall is anathema not to mention the landowners along
the border wanting none of it. The budget deal that will keep the federal
government’s lights on until September doesn’t include a dime for the wall so
it’s looking more like it will never be built.
According to Trump during the campaign,
China is a
currency manipulator and would be treated as such once he was in office. He
quickly changed that tune, probably while eating the “most beautiful piece of
chocolate cake that you've ever seen” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and
ordering 59 Tomahawk missiles to strike Syria. Trump’s Commerce Secretary,
Wilbur Ross, considered the missile strike “after dinner entertainment” which
“didn’t cost the president anything.” Of course the fact that those missiles
cost taxpayers between $480,000 and $1,000,000 each and didn’t do enough damage
to stop Syrian pilots from launching aircraft from the very same facility just
hours later meant nothing to Trump. On the positive side the president did make
a killing on the stock market as his shares of Raytheon, which makes the
Tomahawk missile, went up 1.45% on news of the strike.
It isn’t just campaign promises and lies though, the Washington Post has been tracking his statements since he took office and during the first 100 days there have only been 10 for which they haven’t recorded at least one lie. Most days there are several lies. Sadly 93% of Trump voters still support him. How much damage will he have to do before they turn against him?
Published in the Seguin Gazette May 5, 2017