President Trump made a lot of promises during his campaign, and he’s failed to deliver on almost all of them. Nevertheless, the latest poll shows that the majority of his base has maintained their support for him.
On Wednesday, presumably in an attempt to knock some sense into the president’s most steadfast supporters, Robert Reich published a list on his website of 12 campaign promises that Trump has been unable to follow through with in the last six months.
Some of the most noteworthy failures from Reich’s list are discussed below.
First, Reich, who previously served as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor, reminded Trump’s fans that he said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act within his first 100 days in office and replace it with something “beautiful.” That 100-day mark has passed, and the president has still failed to make good on this promise.
Reich also reminded Trump’s supporters of the president’s failure to “drain the swamp.”
‘He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.’
Trump promised during his campaign that he wouldn’t take taxpayer-funded vacations like President Obama because he would be too busy working. However, as Reich pointed out, Trump has spent more taxpayer money on vacations in the first six months of his presidency than Obama spent in the first three years of his.
There’s also the fact that Trump has not been able to keep jobs in the U.S., despite his “America First” rhetoric and threats of massive taxes on companies that ship jobs overseas. About the president’s failure to carry out this promise, Reich said:
‘He said he’d force companies to keep jobs in America. You believed him. But despite their promises, Carrier, Ford, GM, and the rest are shipping jobs to Mexico and China.’
The final failure on Reich’s list is Trump’s inability to create coal jobs. Although the president has said that thousands of jobs are being created in the coal industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has proven that statement to be inaccurate.
In reality, Reich informed his readers, Trump has not only lied about the creation of coal jobs, but he’s also proposed eliminating a federal program that would actually help communities in coal states.
‘He said he’d create coal jobs. You believe him. He hasn’t. But here’s what he has done: Since 1965 a federal program called the Appalachian Regional Commission has spent $23 billion helping communities in coal states fund job retraining, reclaim land, and provide desperately needed social services. A.R.C. helped cut poverty rates almost in half, double the percentage of high-school graduates, and reduce infant mortality by two-thirds. Trump’s first proposed budget eliminates A.R.C.’
Ideally, Reich’s list would convince some of the people who have so fervently supported Trump to change their minds. However, if they haven’t given up on the president by now, it seems unlikely that they ever will. Unfortunately, any Trump supporter who reads Reich’s list will probably just dismiss it as “fake news.”
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