If You’re a Republican Feeling Betrayed After Recent Trump Decisions, You’re Not Alone
President-elect Donald Trump was already a divisive figure on the election campaign trail. He not only drew the ire of obvious opponents in the liberal establishment, but many Republicans denounced his sometimes controversial claims. Now, as Trump prepares his cabinet team after his surprise election win, many supporters are taking issue with Trump’s supposed reversal on certain campaign promises — and their opinions are being shared on a popular Tumblr page. Trumpgrets is a trending new page on the microblogging site where the exasperated complaints of Trump supporters are being shared to express their disbelief in Trump’s recent moves since winning the White House. From backtracking on prosecuting Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for her alleged negligence of handling national security issues with the use of a private email server, to appointing lobbyists and Washington insiders to high-level cabinet positions after promising supporters he would “drain the swamp” in government, many people now feel betrayed by these recent developments.
While it may be easy to chalk the complaints up to just a few individuals with no real say in Washington, some Republican insiders have also voiced concern over Trump’s post-election moves. Other supporters now fear that the team Trump is building around him will actually try to pass legislation that Trump himself promised he wouldn’t touch, things like Social Security and Medicare. Some were discouraged when in late November Trump said that people who burn the flag should be jailed or lose their citizenship. Flag burning is a Constitutionally protected right of free speech as decided by the Supreme Court in 1989. In the end, despite his assurances that he wasn’t owned by Washington, didn’t owe Washington anything and was the outsider Washington needed — some are seeing that politicians are all alike. Hopefully Trump’s not in way over his head. Time will certainly tell. At least any disillusioned Republican voters have Trumpgrets to turn to when they need a figurative hug.
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