President Trump’s Betrayal of Base Hits New Highs, But Do They Care?

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This week saw Donald Trump and his administration surprise a lot of people, contradicting himself on some important previous positions and even breaking a few of his biggest campaign promises.

Lois Lerner

When Trump campaigned against Hillary, one of his big-league promises was to get rid of corruption. You remember “Drain the swamp,” don’t you? And he declared he’d start the drainage with appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes committed by Hillary Clinton. As we all know, that didn’t happen. Almost immediately after winning the election, Trump dropped the notion of prosecuting Hillary like yesterday’s fishing-bait, sending his surrogates out to let his supporters down gently. Chants of “lock her up,” didn’t get replaced by “help her heal,” as Kellyanne Conway put it, but to date, the Trump administration has not seriously pursued this promise and his supporters have let him. Sure, he brings up the idea on Twitter now again, usually to hang in front of his base to distract them from some of his other nonsense, or to pin on his recently ill-favored Attorney General, but there has been no movement on this issue from the President since being sworn in. Now, Trump’s reticence to prosecute corruption has extended to the other big gator in Swamp Washington: Lois Lerner

You may remember Lois Lerner, former Obama head of the IRS’ exempt organization division, from when she came out to admit to the public that, Whoopsy, the Obama IRS was unfairly targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. You can read some of those details of that here, but in short, the IRS had been weaponized to go after President Obama’s enemies, in an unconscionable abuse of power worthy of a banana republic. While Lerner initially downplayed the systemic nature of these crimes against the American people, it quickly became apparent how widespread the abuse was. And when she was eventually called to testify before Congress, she pled the fifth. Well, this week, the Trump DOJ denied a request from Republicans to reopen the case against her. Let me be clear: Donald Trump is taking a pass on investigating one of the most brazen examples of corruption and abuse of power by a presidential administration in our lifetime, confirmation of the belief that the law doesn’t apply to the powerful! And, I’m sorry to say, it doesn’t end there!


A big focus of the GOP presidential campaign was immigration. Trump hammered candidates like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and even Ted Cruz (for crying out loud) as not being tough enough on immigration, “vowing to deport every last one of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.” In addition to the famed border wall (that still isn’t funded), a key part of this promise was ending Obama’s illegal amnesty, which Trump called, “one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President.” Well, as of last week, it looked like Trump was preparing to actually keep that promise.

Without getting into the merits of the goal of Obama’s executive order (or lack thereof) concerning the so-called dreamers, let’s stipulate that: 1) it was done unconstitutionally, an example of the executive usurping of legislative powers, and as such needed to go; and 2) Trump promised his supporters he would do just that. However, after more than half a year of Trump continuing the illegal program, nothing had been done to end it until last week, where it was announced that, due to the program’s unconstitutionality, it would end… sort of. Being threatened with a lawsuit from multiple state’s attorneys general (led by Ken Paxton of Texas), Trump was forced to deal with DACA, however, what Trump wanted was not to get rid of it, but for the Congress to make it legal, giving amnesty to over 800,000 illegal aliens while punting responsibility for it away from the President. As if that wasn’t bad enough, later Trump hinted in a tweet that if Congress didn’t give the dreamers amnesty he might reinstate the Obama-era policy his administration just declared unconstitutional! Now we’re hearing that Trump promised Nancy Pelosi that he’d sign the Dream Act when congress delivers it to him! Do you think for a second that Trump’s campaign promise to end this Obama-era policy was taken by his supporters to mean “make DACA the law of the land?” Absolutely not! But that is what Trump is aiming at, and in doing so (make no mistake) he is doing exactly what the GOP and Democrat leadership want him to do. However, for some reason, Trump is given latitude for doing what the GOP base rejected Bush and Rubio over.

The Debt Ceiling and Bad Deals with Democrats

One of the most crucial problems that our country faces is the existential threat of its massive debt. With around $20 trillion on our tab and hundreds of trillions soon to come due through our unfunded mandates, the U.S. economy is likely to collapse under the strain. Yet, instead of trying to come up with a plan to eliminate the deficit, reform entitlements, and reduce the national debt (necessary steps for the survival of the Union), Trump instead wants to expand the debt, and held hostage Hurricane Harvey relief for Texas in order to get it done. Thankfully, some Republicans would not take the bait, voting against it, but with the President’s new Democrat alliance, it didn’t make a difference and the bill passed anyway.

Now, I’m aware that Trump has taken contradictory stances on the national debt, and so it’s hard to pin him down on his real commitment to that issue, however he did give some indication that he would deal with it. It is an altogether different matter when it comes to raising the debt ceiling, for he was very specific. In a 2013 tweet, Donald Trump harangued Republicans for making a bad deal with the Democrats to raise debt ceiling for only four months, calling it “Pathetic!” So, what did he do? Trump goes and makes an even worse deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to raise it for only three months, ensuring that this will remain a campaign issue for Democrats to rail against congressional Republicans in 2018. Additionally, he un-ironically celebrated his pathetic deal, talking about how “happy” everyone was, this while Trump sycophants like Lou Dobbs pretended that Trump was playing some larger game of “4D under water Hungry Hungry Hippos” (thanks Ben Shapiro) rather than making a horrible and thoughtless mistake.  Wasn’t Trump was elected to at least stop the ridiculous capitulation to congressional Democrats, such as what we complained about under Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, let alone advance it? And while not the only example of this in his administration, this particular deal should once and for all explode the myth of Trump being a great negotiator, firmly defining him as an impulsive reactionary, with little ideological compass.

Trump was elected in earnest hopes that he would be the no-nonsense outsider that would finally get the necessary things done that the politicians hitherto couldn’t, saving the Union, and making America great again. However, that is not what he has delivered on, so far. As the anniversary of his election approaches, he has no major legislative accomplishment (including failing to repeal Obamacare), and for every small positive victory of his White House, there are too many substantive failures (like the last budget that failed to appropriate funding for a border wall, but funded Planned Parenthood). Whether you blame Trump for this abject failure, Ryan & McConnell, or the deep state, the fact is that much of what President Trump (our supposed greatest shot at fixing Washington) has done is little different than what a President Hillary would have done. Trump and has leadership have made small impact on the self-destructive course of the Union; that should fortify the contention that Washington is irredeemable, and that Texas independence is the only way we will see a restoration of the proper role of government.

In all of these reckless political decisions, the question remains, “Why is Trump doing this, taking such a risk in repelling his base?” In the final analysis, Trump is betraying the promises he made to his supporters for a few reasons: his heart wasn’t really in those promises (that he was just saying what he thought his followers wanted to hear); he feels switching now will bring him love from Democrats, which (as a New Yorker) he probably more identifies with; and ultimately Trump thinks that he’ll get away it, figuring his supporters have no other place to go or that they’re too stupid to notice or care that he’s stabbing them in the back. This week, more so than any previous in Trump’s administration, every Trump supporter should be asking themselves, “Is he right about me? Am I the schmuck Trump thinks I am?” For make no mistake, while we merely console ourselves with “At least he’s not Hillary,” he has no motivation to change from his course of betrayal.

  • 1G25

    Somebody must have pictures of Trump out behind the barn with goat.

    Very disappointed.

    • Sharon

      stop being so stupid. watch and wait. this man knows what he is doing. You forget the art of the deal. you also forget you have to give to get. keep watching and don;t give up.. OUR OWN GUYS made this happen. not HIM.. you do know that right?

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  • Sandi Washburn

    He’s doing what he can with the corrupt senate all against him. He can only do so much in 8 months. I think he has done well, all things considered. I believe he will deliver on his promises.

  • Didn’t vote for Trump because he was running as a Republican, voted Republican because Trump was running. I have watched closely and I have seen the GOP do everything possible to maintain the status quo. This is one Republican voter that won’t be voting for any Republican incumbent in the upcoming election.

  • I concur, nor ANY incumbent who has served more than one term at any level.

  • The Establishment Republicans have thwarted his every move.

    • For good reason / totally incompetant

    • Russell Patronella – not incompetent. He has thrown a wrench in their plans for the new world order/ one world gov’t. Islamobama gained way more ground towards the end goal than ever imagined & hilLIARy was in line to complete their goals.

  • They don’t they are trying to protect the money they steal.

  • As I predicted, Trump is Trump and is starting to publicly show he’s not the Conservative many were fooled to think he was.
    Yet each day I glad HRC didn’t get the win.. Now lock her up!!

  • I think in December there probably be candidate shopping for 2018. If nothing has change I’m hoping Senator Cotton. Or Cruz throws their hats in the Republican primary in 2019 for president in the republican party

  • Trumps are the best thing this country has seen in the last 30 year’s.

  • Roger Young

    The god-Trump, despite being advertised as an “outsider,” is the perfect, establishment protecting, politician. He is a deal maker, has no solid principles, and believes in nothing but his own self-aggrandizement and stroking his ego.
    Sorry, Trump Chumps- I warned you and you didn’t listen.


  • Partisan….living up to your title,I see.

    • That’s right! Always on the side of Texas, not weak-willed Democrat collaborating POTUS.

  • 8 more years!

    • He’ll be lucky to finish his first term. Shit will hit the fan next yr. Then court crap for however long. Think your tired if the shit show now just wait it’s just getting started.

  • Fake news

    • Name one thing that was fake. I’d like to know!

  • If you like amnesty, or you worship at the first church of Trump, it’s not surprising if you stand by him.

    But promises were made and broken: Texas will have something to say about this!

  • No because if it’s irritating liberal cucks then it’s all worth it .. welcome to the end of America

  • Trump all the way establishment…You guys are the problem..

  • Damned Facebook pop-ups, can’t read the article. Happy, Zucleberg or whatever your name is?


  • NO !-He does not !

  • Not betrayed, his kicking both parties in the nuts.

  • We know who to blame – and it ain’t The (President)Donald.

    • Really? Didn’t we elect him as the one guy who finally get things done! If he’s too weak to do it, why is it not his fault? When do we blame him?

    • I blame the people who hold the purse strings and write legislation. Like John McCain, the savior of Obamacare. The obstructionists. I blame them. Come next year I may lame you, Comrade Thunderstruck. Reiterating – we know who to blame. Who’s side are you on?

    • It matters to me if a politician keeps his word, even Trump. Too bad it’s not important to you. Now, your memory may be that short, but I was there when Trump said he was going to stop DACA and illegal immigration. He only did it FOR A YEAR! Unfortunately for those that want Washington to change for the better, Trump knows his cult (ergo: you) will accept ANYTHING he tells them to. If Trump beat your grandma to a pulp, I’m sure you’d figure out a way to convince yourself this makes more MAGA. Trump knows you don’t have standards for him, and that’s why he’ll screw you time and again, and you’ll still sing his praises. Who’s side am I on? Texas, and this crap Trump wants to do makes things worse. Who do I blame for Washington being irredeemable? Well, right now, I blame you. Prove me wrong!

    • I didn’t say that: stop making things up. Not scoring any points that way. Unlike your master Obama he can not do anything by executive order and requires both houses of Congress. Sorry to have to break this to ya Comrade but it STILL ain’t his fault.

    • ThunderStruck – reiterating.

    • Michael Herschel You born-again Trumpists are all the same! You know Trump is wrong and can’t defend him, so what do you do? You call people like me a liberal! That’s rich! I’m likely more conservative than you are, certainly more than the left-leaning Trump is! So tell me, since you want to change the subject, how am a liberal? Go ahead! This should be entertaining!

    • Hahahahaha – laughing at you Comrade. Keep it up! You’re hilarious!! Big difference between liberals and the Left (where you are).

    • Michael Herschel What the hell does that have to do with Trump bending over for Democrats? Come one, Mikey, try to stay focused.

    • He can’t do it by himself, ya know.

    • That’s right! You got nothing! You better get along, Mikey. After all, Trump isn’t going to say prayers to himself.. probably.

    • ThunderStruck that is not very much like paying attention. Come back when they let you matriculate from grade school. This thread is still just laughable!

    • Like your ability respond on topic and logically – laughable.

    • hahahahah – keep it up Comrade!

    • Comrade? Are you a Bolshevik? Figures.

    • ThunderStruck talkin’ to you funny guy – you the one who began trying to berate me by expressing an opinion that it ain’t Trump’s fault that the agenda we voted him in in on is stalled. Remember? You called him weak – he is not. I did not call you a liberal – must have struck a nerve though, eh? I have many liberal friends -they can be spoken to, argued with, love America as much as I. It is the American Left that is destroying us – so, whose side are you on? You still have not answered.

    • 1) Your opinion consists of “Trump!,” and “Well, you like Obama!” so spare me your crying, tender snow flake!
      2) You just got finished labeling me a commie, then I say it back, and you’re all like, “What’s with the berating?”
      3) If you want to have a discussion about the facts, I’m game. I just don’t think you have it in you. Prove me wrong!

    • I’ll get you started: Here’s Trump in his own words saying he wants DACA legalized, e.g. amnesty. Tell me how he doesn’t really mean what he says.

    • Ok, then let me count the ways. I said, we know who to blame – and it ain’t Trump. Stand by it – it ain’t Trump. You called him weak, as if the president of the US can wave his hand and make law happen by himself (lessee – like Obama did!). He needs Congress and since he cannot count on the GOP he needs damn Democrats too. Reiterating: it ain’t his fault! We “born again Trumpists” ? So, you STILL have not answered my questions – avoiding taking a stand? Butt hurt a little from the fence sitting yet? I have not called you anything but am inferring your bitching is not unlike a whiny-Democrat who cannot get over Clinton losing. So, you don’t like my opinion. Fine – then quit whining bout it because you are not gaining any converts this way. So which is it, Comrade Thunderstruck: are you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent-Socialist-Sanders voter, or what – exactly?

    • ThunderStruck Reiterating – he can’t do it by himself. He cannot change Immigration policy by himself. If you want the CiC to do things the Obama way, maybe you pack a bag and make off for Cuba – or NOKO – or Indonesia. The you could have something to really bitch about instead of my opinion. Answer my questions or I am done with you!

    • FAIL! Look, I know that Trump can’t do it on his own, at least legally… but that didn’t stop Obama! And Trump’s vow to “revisit” indicates he’s fine with using this power!

      That point aside, the first part of the tweet indicates he wants congress to act to make amnesty great again, not on his own.

      So, I’ll ask this again. Don’t weasel out this Time! Don’t post me irrelevant tweets of liberals, because I don’t care about them! When Trump says “Congress has 6 months to legalize DACA” or else, what could he possibly mean besides “I want to leagalize DACA”?

    • The Texian Partisan My point is that it should have stopped him: he doesn’t have the constitutional authority. It means what it says – they have a time line to do their job. Anything thing else read into this is conjecture. I have no crystal ball. (and you still haven’t answered my question)

    • LOL! You still won’t answer the question! Oh well, I tried! You’d better get home. Trump is beating up your grandma, and he needs you to tell him he’s doing a great job!

    • [ThunderStruck (psssst: yes, I did) refresh the browser]

    • ThunderStruck “We’re working on a plan subject to getting massive border controls. We’re working on a plan for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). People want to see that happen,” Trump told reporters in Florida while surveying damage from Hurricane Irma. He added: “‘I think we’re fairly close but we have to get massive border security.”
      After Trump landed in Florida, he declared repeatedly, “If we don’t have a wall, we’re doing nothing.”

  • Trump lovers would still love him if he killed the Pope.

  • I care.

  • The president Knows what he’s doing He’s been 100 steps ahead of the Rinos, and Libs.

    • Agreed, but what is he doing? Seems he doing amnesty, and if he signs this into law and gets nothing for it, then only an idiot would trust him again.

  • No deal was or has been made…. anyone actually believe what the two most corrupt Democrats say?

    • Sure, those two lie. Trump’s pretty fond of lying too, but you’re right about Schumer and Pelosi. So… what were they talking about? I guarantee it wasn’t anything good!

    • may be a ploy to get GOP off their asses… I think Prez. is just way ahead of these guys. I want to see the Baby.. not hear about the labor pains.

    • Good analogy BTW. I may use that. Well, the problem with that is you have to play the game: “Is he lying to them or me!” If he’s playing the long con to get the wall, it’s risky and could backfire. I’d rather he just be honest, make the moral arguments for it, and galvanize public support to get it done. Instead, he gives a lot of mixed signals, which so far has left him without a single major legislative accomplishment.

    • If we’re cold and rational about Trump, he’s been really hesitant to take leadership on any issue. I think he just thought that congress would send him bills and he’d sign them. He didn’t really want to get his hands dirty and didn’t want to be blamed for anything. He’s found that as much as he wants cover, so does congress. Some of the biggest Trump supporters in Congress stuck their necks out for him on ACA Repeal, voting how he wanted, just to have Trump call them “Mean,” the next day for doing what he wanted. This one-way street loyalty with Trump has cost him loyalty and the ability to get things done. Why stand by Trump when you know he will drop you like a bad habit to protect himself? He should have been leading, giving clear expectations, creating guidelines. He wasn’t. He likes being the top guy, but hates the job! That’s why funding for the wall didn’t get through in last budget (though Dems got what they wanted), that’s why he won’t get it now, when he has the most leverage.

    • just getting rid of Obama’s crap and people is a major accomplishment. the GOP elite won’t move.. alternative strategy. with NK and the growing BS from DNC and Soros groups.. Feds are busy.. i still say that he should have Natl Gaurd move in and enforce law on Sancuary states and cities like JfK did.. but man is that guy busy…

    • However, I don’t think he wants the wall, deportation, none of that. I think he was just telling people what they wanted to hear during the election, like any other politician. He’s let too many opportunities go by and said too many contradictory things for it to be anything else. I agree with the major Trump supporter, Tucker Carlson, that if Trump does a deal for DACA that doesn’t have the wall as condition of it, it’s never going to happen… in his first term, at least. But, Trump may be OK with that, as long as he can pass the buck to Congress. I think he’s looking to get out of his commitment to his base with as little damage to himself as possible.

    • He just said today… the wall will be built… i believe it.. it has already started. As far as DACA. fine.. simple solution. DACA People are already on file. Give them six months to self deport and file for legal entry. The get put on a n expedited list. if they fail to self deport in six months, they are forcefully removed and barred from re-entry in perpetuity.

    • He hasn’t started the wall. What he said was repairs to existing structures. Not the same. Not good enough. If he delivers a wall, I’ll eat my words. But I don’t think he will, especially if he grants amnesty with nothing to show for it.

      • Sharon

        yes it is good enough! STOP IT! just STOP .. good grief have you EVEN bothered to go and look up the list of his accomplishments before running him down here? have you EVER FOR ONE MINUTE spent a day watching what this country’s people are putting him thru while he handles some HUGE PROBLEMS right now. ONE HOUR AGO YOU SAID THIS? YOU DO KNOW we just had TWO HUGE HURRICANES and then there is KOREA and meanwhile our own ISIS called anti-fa is growing and hurting more people while the left freaks out about the Russians who did nothing and the nazis wanna be who did nothing. good grief what a fair weather fried you turned out to be. THANKS FOR HELPING TURN THIS NATION OVER TO HELL ! if the DEMS WIN AGAIN ITS OVER BUDDY and with fighters like you WE WILL LOSE!! I AM READY to fight! what happened to YOU!?

    • Wait and see.. SAN Diego has been designated to be the location on construction of the test sites for new designs.

  • He has not betrayed.

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  • They are too damn ignorant to care


  • If you’re fighting amongst yourselves, you’re the problem

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