Opinion: ‘Trump voters’ begin to slip away

President Trump and House Republicans celebrate passage of a bill that will strip 23 million Americans of health insurance and dramatically weaken protections for those with previous health conditions. (Getty)

I know this may shock you, but politicians of both parties sometimes … well, let’s say they exaggerate. They make unrealistic campaign promises, promises that they suspect or even know that they won’t be able to keep. The more cynical of the breed have no intention of even trying to honor those promises.

But never in the course of American history have we seen something on this scale.

Donald Trump ran on a promise to protect the forgotten against the elites, to instill a sense of economic justice into a system that no longer seemed fair to many. He promised to protect people, to give them a sense of value and stability against the chaos that threatened them. He railed against “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.” He promised “a new government controlled by you, the American people.”

“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” he tweeted in the campaign. He promised an ObamaCare replacement that would cover all Americans, lower costs and improve care. “I am going to take care of everybody,” he said. “I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

I’m not exactly shocked that Trump has failed to keep those promises, because they were never realistic in the first place. But what makes Trump different, what has astonished even the most strident Trump critic, is how shamelessly he has done the exact opposite of what he promised, in the process betraying the very people who had embraced him most wholeheartedly.

He has handed control of economic policy to the very Wall Street elites he has attacked. He bragged that he would take on the pharmaceutical companies that were overcharging for drugs, and would use Medicare to negotiate lower costs; after a secret meeting with Big Pharma executives, he attacked Medicare for trying to lower drugs costs. He pledged repeatedly that he would replace ObamaCare with a plan that covered everyone, that lowered rates. Then he celebrated when the House passed a plan that would push 23 million Americans out of the insurance pool while giving millionaires a huge tax cut.

According to the new Congressional Budget Office report, that plan would hit hardest at older, more rural Americans who most strongly supported Trump. A 64-year-old making $26,500 a year would today pay $1,700 for health insurance. Under the House GOP plan embraced by Trump, he would have to pay $16,100.

The new budget proposal released this week compounds that betrayal, slashing Medicaid by another $1 trillion and giving additional trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy. And again, the people who would be hit hardest by such steps would be the very people who had adored him, who lavished him with so much praise and faith that cult leaders looked on in envy.

As Trump himself once bragged, he could shoot somebody dead in the middle of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and his supporters would still back him. White male voters without a college degree have been particularly fervent in their support, backing him last fall by a margin of 71 percent to 23 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Of course, racial and ethnic resentments were also part of Trump’s appeal, and but it turns out that you can’t eat resentment. Resentment doesn’t help your son battling an opiate addiction. It doesn’t keep your rural hospital open, and it doesn’t help your elderly mother who relies on Medicaid for nursing home care. And people are paying attention.

For example, look at Trump’s approval rating among the strongest part of his base, as reported by Fox News:

 

In the last four months, Trump’s overall job approval numbers have dropped by eight percentage points in the Fox poll. But among white voters with no college degree, the decline has been far more rapid, dropping by 14 points.  Those in that demographic who strongly approve of Trump — the people who in the past have attended his rallies and proudly donned MAGA hats — has dropped by 12 points.

I doubt that rapid decline can be attributed to the Russia scandal or the Comey firing. Instead, these voters are beginning to understand just how completely they’ve been scammed by a con artist who promised them one thing and is delivering the exact opposite.

 

 

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Diane Altman
Diane Altman

That is not true. I thank God every day that he is President.

Scott Cohen
Scott Cohen

Thank God it's just your opinion. I'm sure you're hoping it...just like your polls had him losing the election! Trump's in for 7 1/2 more years....get over it! Deal with it!

JK1951
JK1951

I don't read Bookman's bs but I'm dubious that many have changed their mind and decided to become socialists. A vote for the democrats is a vote for socialism. Socialism is not a new idea and it's history is bleak.

Phyllis Jackson Smith
Phyllis Jackson Smith

No they are not!! Again AJC, liberal news, strikes again!\U0001f644\U0001f644\U0001f644

Gwen Wingo-Sartor
Gwen Wingo-Sartor

All I can say is.. "When the titanic went down there were people who still believed that the ship wasn't sinking to its death"....Just be patient...The chickens are going to come home to roost very soon...

Mac27
Mac27

I believe you are wrong, just like you think the Russians influenced the election instead of me voting

Marshall Walker
Marshall Walker

Jay Bookman and his liberal party line providing fake news.....

Jean Hucks Morton
Jean Hucks Morton

We, the American people support our President. Politics is ruining our country!

sandylong
sandylong

The media is out to destroy Trump.  They hate President Trump more than they love America and our country will suffer at the hands of these fake "news" and Leftist losers.  The media refuses to print the good that our President is doing.  They only know how to give us fake news, things they want us to know (lies).  The left is like ISIS. They demand that we submit to them or they will destroy us.  They will never tolerate anyone who disagrees with them. The rioters are Nazi storm troopers, some probably hired by George Soros.  Hitler went after anyone who refused to submit to his regime. Here they go again. 


Obama lied to us big time. He went after those he called "enemies", those who spoke out against him.  He involved the IRS, the FBI, and the NSA in an attempt to investigate Republicans, Conservatives, those who belonged to Tea Party groups, and wouldn't be voting for him in 2012, to find dirt on them, prosecute them, keep them from voting in 2012, jail them if he could.  He sent Susan Rice out for weeks to report on Sunday a.m. TV news shows, to LIE to the American people about Bengazi.  Truth is, Obama didn't have time to save 4 Americans who died as a result of his dereliction of duty. He went to bed early that night because he had a fund raiser in Las Vegas the next day and needed his beauty sleep.  Obama was an entertainer, a pathological liar (as are many Democrat politicians), played lots of golf, gave us a health program that has destroyed the middle class health insurance, took lavish vacations, made sure Eric Holder didn't try any of his many scandals, voted twice as an Illinois senator to allow a baby born alive from a botched abortion to die on a counter.  Obama is a cold fish.  And he's not really black - only 50%.  But skin color never mattered to us, even though you who want to be ruled by a dictator called us racists every time we tried to point out all the scandals, crimes, Obama was being allowed to get away with.  Obama never had to answer to anyone, never was called down because of lying to the people, etc.,  because the color of his skin made him a privileged being.  

Shadowfox1st
Shadowfox1st

What a surprise.  Only the sane understood what a scam artist this brainless creature is. But correct me if I'm wrong, but the only reason we have this creature in such a position of power is the corrupt Electoral College.  Even a friend of mine, a once ardent Dork supporter said he really thought the brainless one would learn that the presidency isn't like an unfettered CEO position where you can say and do what you want with no reprisals. Really?

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

Lol, no we are gaining in numbers. You liars have been figured out. Trump will win again in 2020 with a landslide victory. In 2018 the enemy of America, the media and democrats, will lose every seat.

TimConlon
TimConlon

When did the search for the truth turn into "fake news"? I am not a democratic nor a republican but an American who cares. Quite frankly i don't need government assistance but i don't mind paying for those who do because it's right. However I demand the truth and this president has no moral compass, much less know how to tell truth from lies....

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Ever heard the phrase" If you like your plan, you can keep your plan Period "

Starik
Starik

@Infraredguy One statement. Trump has made hundreds of BS statements and reversals of opinion.

Steve Beck
Steve Beck

The true evidence will be the 2018 elections...the proof is the pudding...

George Childs
George Childs

Liberal newspaper no wonder why your subscription and ratings are the lowest in company history. It's a rag

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

More fake news from the AJC!! Problem with the AJC and liberals in general is that they do not understand what motivates us.

Novell McMinn Wilson
Novell McMinn Wilson

This is fake news Trump has all his supporters plus more he has gained in time. Fake.

vvms
vvms

My family voted for President Trump and still support him.

It would be nice if the freaking media would stop lying about him and the Democrats would do their job instead of opposing everything he tries to do, the only thing they are doing is making sure they will be voted out when they hope to be rel-elected.

vvms
vvms

Vicki Strickland

Carolyn Phillips
Carolyn Phillips

AJC needs to shut down, too many people know them for reporting fake news!

Terry Turner
Terry Turner

He'll always have supporters. Remember Republicans supported Nixon up to the very end.

Chris Therrell
Chris Therrell

You talking about my President. Well let me tell you that I love it he's doing a great job he's got my vote I believe your trying to blow smoke

vvms
vvms

Yes the Ajc has. I'm waiting for the subscription I paid for to end then I'm through with them.

WesKnott
WesKnott

Donald J. Trump until the end. The Dems could care less about the American people

Janie Gagnon
Janie Gagnon

More fake news!!! If anything, people are starting to see what kind of idiots the democrats really are! Their eyes are opening to all the mainstream media lies too.... \U0001f60a

Scott Pike
Scott Pike

By the comments below it looks like you are like you always out in left field. Wrong Jay. I will never give a dime to the AJC or your sponsors.

Richard Stanfield
Richard Stanfield

THERE'S NO SLIPPING HERE, WE WANT TRUMP TO BE POTUS FOR 8 YEARS.

DerekGator
DerekGator

I used to kind of feel bad for Obama because the Right twisted and vilified anything and everything he tried to do.  However, what the Left is trying to do to Trump is an entirely new level of obstructionism and slander.  Trump could say that the sky is blue and the libs would say that he is lying and that is going to cost someone healthcare.

DeepStateDawg
DeepStateDawg

@DerekGator Trump said that he wouldn't cut medicaid. He's proposing to cut medicaid. 


What's the spin on that? How is that not either a lie or a broken promise? 

clarkllc
clarkllc

What the media still doesn't understand and clearly couldn't or didn't want to see is this. 


During this last election there was not an abundance of bumper stickers on cars and colorful signs in yards like past presidential elections. 


Conversations about who you were voting for were carefully brought up in the office and at social functions. 


Yes, there were millions of vocal Trump supporters, but in fact the underground supporters were who the media missed and helped get Trump elected. 


I know a couple, both professors at a large, liberal university, who were Trump supporters. You think for one minute they would let that cat out of the bag?


We were tired of politics as usual, but we also wanted to keep our jobs, ensure our cars weren't vandalized and not get into a ridiculous conversation with an angry, defensive liberal whose candidate, Hillary, could do no wrong. 


The media is still in their bubble about us. They don't know us and they don't want to know us. I have no idea where all this polling is coming from? I guess the same place that had Hillary winning by a landslide.


AJC, do not think for one moment that we will stand for this kind of reporting. 



vvms
vvms

Lies and more lies by the media.

Starik
Starik

@vvms Inconvenient truths. No matter what you believe, facts are facts.

vvms
vvms

The news media never print facts .... the only thing they print is lies.

Starik
Starik

@vvms Now that's a stupid statement. Facts are real, verifiable data, not like beliefs and opinions.

Vince Lanza
Vince Lanza

This "Trump voter" isn't slipping away. Staying the course.....