Donald Trump ran his campaign on an isolationist, America first platform. He promised to keep America out of foreign wars, to rebuild American infrastructure, to play hardball with China, to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, and to place the needs of everyday Americans above those of “globalists” – a loaded term that many view as a nod to certain alt-right, white nationalist ideologies.
Three months into his presidency, Trump has abandoned all of these promises. He has launched missile strikes in Syria; ordered a massive strike in Afghanistan; has failed to propose or implement a workable infrastructure package; has caved to China; has been humiliated by Mexico; and has appointed Wall Streeters and billionaires to the highest positions in government.
Trump’s voters are fed up. Reports Politico: “As Trump struggles to keep his campaign promises and flirts with political moderation, his most steadfast supporters…are increasingly dismayed by the direction of his presidency.”
“Their complaints range from Trump’s embrace of an interventionist foreign policy to his less hawkish tone on China to, most recently, his marginalization of his nationalist chief strategist, Steve Bannon. But the crux of their disillusionment, interviews with nearly two dozen Trump loyalists reveal, is a belief that Trump the candidate bears little resemblance to Trump the president. He’s failing, in their view, to deliver on his promise of a transformative “America First” agenda driven by hard-edged populism.”
Buyer’s remorse is officially setting in. Welcome to reality, Trump voters.