Donald Trump is already breaking 10 of his biggest campaign promises.
What’s scarier? The campaign promises Donald Trump is breaking, or the ones that he’s kept? His cruel and senseless Muslim travel ban and mass deportations have sent shock waves through the U.S. and beyond. Yet the promises he’s broken are also highly disturbing.
(1) “I will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it.”
On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump glided down his golden escalator and dropped the mother of all campaign promises.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me. Believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border, and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”
Of course, the people of Mexico refuse to pay for the wall. So guess who’s getting stuck with the $21.6 billion tab? We are. Just recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren:
“First off, we’re going to pay for it and front the money.”
And sure enough, a new Pew Research poll shows most Americans believe we’ll get stuck paying for the wall and hence oppose paying for it.
— April Spivey (@a35362) March 4, 2017
(2) “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
“Over the next 10 years, our economic team estimates that under our plan the economy will average 3.5 percent growth and create a total of 25 million new jobs.”
But the jobs the GOP’s president brags about creating or saving add up to just 57,700 so far. Meanwhile, his Muslim ban threatens 241,400 jobs in the business travel industry. And his proposed EPA cuts could cost $2.8 billion and over 214,000 jobs in Michigan alone. So much for promises.
And wait until all those hopeful Trump voters in Coal Country find out he can’t bring their jobs back.
— Fabius Maximus (Ed.) (@FabiusMaximus01) March 2, 2017
(3) “I’m going to ‘drain the swamp.”
Donald Trump also repeatedly promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. In his Five-Point Plan for Ethics Reform from October, 2016, he declared:
“It’s time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. That’s why I’m proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.”
But instead of “draining the swamp,” he’s filled it with alligators. For starters, Donald Trump’s filling his cabinet with billionaires. Six of his picks and their families had given nearly $12 million to his campaign and the GOP.
And don’t even get us started with the Donald’s own conflicts of interest, along with his corrupt and possibly treasonous ties to Russia.
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) March 3, 2017
(4) “I am not a politician. My only special interest is you, the American people.”
During his November rallies in Iowa and Pennsylvania, Donald Trump told voters he’s not a typical politician or rich person. He slammed the “political class” in Washington, D.C. for only looking out for themselves. He then vowed to “change and reverse this.”
But promises are meant to be broken, especially when they come from the bloated, fleshy mouth of Donald Trump. Now, his White House is jam-packed with players from Wall Street, the oil industry, and other corporate interests.
So Much For Draining The Swamp!
The People's Cabinet? pic.twitter.com/4CvSMI62YJ
— DLW (@Dlw20161950) December 1, 2016
(5) “We’re going to save your Social Security and we’re going to save your Medicare.”
Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed he won’t let the GOP touch our Social Security and Medicare. He’s doubled down on those promises recently, so maybe he means it. But guess what? Both the left-leaning Mother Jones and the right-leaning Forbes believe he’s looking for a “backdoor route” to help the GOP slash these programs. After all, the funds for Trump’s wall and proposed increases in military spending have to come from somewhere. And that “somewhere” won’t be the rich and under-taxed people in his cabinet and the corporations they own and run.
Math Problem: Most of the federal budget goes to Social Security, Medicare & defense, which Trump says he won't cut. How will he balance it? pic.twitter.com/dNKSaKGbZp
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 27, 2017
(6) “Under a Trump presidency, the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”
During a June campaign rally in Monessan, Pa. Donald Trump talked a lot about how — unlike the GOP and like corporate Democrats — he’d fight for U.S workers. Then he tried to foist Andrew Puzder, a wife abuser and fast food magnate who opposes a minimum wage, hires undocumented workers on the cheap, and who calls California a “nanny state” because of its labor laws. Trump’s new pick, Alexander Acosta, is a huge improvement. But he’s no fiery pro-labor crusader.
(7) I will repeal and replace Obamacare with “something terrific” and “take care of everybody.”
During the first GOP debate in August, 2013, Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “so much better, so much better, so much better.”
“I am going to take care of everybody. 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.”
There’s just one problem: The GOP’s had over six years to come up with an “alternative” and they can’t. Really, they should just admit they don’t believe the American people have a right to health care and have done with it.
Obamacare was crafted with great care to avoid adding to the federal deficit. There’s no way to fix the ACA’s issues without taxing rich people more and/or having a public option…Both of which Republicans reject. Even worse, the nonpartisan experts and budget geeks at the The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) say a repeal of the ACA would cost a staggering $350 billion over the next decade.
— vlh (@coton_luver) January 29, 2017
(8) “I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women, and I will take care of women.”
Yes, “taking care of women” was one of the many phony campaign promises Donald Trump made at a forum in New Hampshire in 2015. Now, of course, Donald Trump has joined his fellow Republicans in their assault on Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive freedom. But what can you expect from a guy who’s on record for saying vile things about women, and who doesn’t even seem to treat his own wife with respect
Don't you just hate it when the help tries to sneak in your side of the car? pic.twitter.com/QRsOETquhF
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) February 19, 2017
(9) “Attack our debt and deficit by vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the Federal government.”
That way, Donald Trump’s campaign web site claims, “China cannot blackmail us with our own Treasury bonds.” That’s right. He’s going to eliminate the same “waste, fraud, and abuse” the GOP’s been eliminating for years. Yet security for the president’s frequent stays at Mar-a-Lago while his wife lives separately in New York City is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
(10) “Lock her up!”
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her non-crimes and send her to jail. Much to the relief of Hillary Clinton’s supporters (and the dismay of his own supporters), the (then) president-elect told 60 Minutes‘ Leslie Stahl he’d do no such thing.
Watch: Donald Trump’s promises for the first 100 days.
Featured image: Video screen grab via Today (with crossed fingers added).