A Republican friend of mine posted the above meme on Facebook yesterday. It implies that all Democrats hope that Donald Trump fails as President. I disagree.
This is what Republicans just do not understand. It is not that Democrats want Donald Trump to fail, we have absolutely no faith that he will succeed. There is a difference. I think if you asked most Democrats if they want Donald Trump to fail, they would say the same.
We are talking about a man that conned his way to the Presidency. Donald Trump made promises that he has no intention of keeping. Here are just a few.
Special Prosecutor to Investigate Hillary Clinton
During the second Presidential Debate, Donald Trump said, “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception.” This lead to Trump’s supporters chanting “Lock Her Up!” and earned Hillary Clinton the name “Crooked Hillary”. However, after Trump was elected, he said, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t.” He further said, “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.” Even though Trump would not completely rule out prosecution, he did say, “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.”
Obamacare aka The Affordable Care Act
Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump referred to the Affordable Care Act as “disastrous” and promised to repeal and replace it with something great. However, after meeting with President Obama, Trump has backed off repealing the ACA in its entirety. This is going to cause a lot of tension between Donald Trump and Congress, as Congress wants to repeal, and likely never replace, the ACA.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to bring back waterboarding and to allow unspecified practices he called “a hell of a lot worse.” Trump met with a possible incoming Secretary of Defense, retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Trump told the New York Times, “I met with him at length and I asked him that question. I said, what do you think of waterboarding? He said—I was surprised—he said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful.’ He said, ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’ And I was very impressed by that answer.” Trump hasn’t officially taken waterboarding off the table, but he has said that he will consider General Mattis’ standpoint.
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would deport more than 11 million undocumented immigrants. Since the end of the General Election, Trump has told 60 Minutes, “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country.”
There are also campaign promises that have no chance of fulfillment. Building a Wall along the Mexican border and making Mexico pay for it is probably the biggest one. The logistics of building a continuous wall that is taller than the Great Wall of China are nearly impossible to accomplish. In addition, the Mexican President has already vehemently refused to pay for it.
Some of Donald Trump’s campaign promises are downright scary, like is promise to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency, Defunding Planned Parenthood and his support of a Muslim registry and surveillance initiative.
My reply to my friend’s Facebook meme was, “There is a difference in wanting him to fail and having no faith in him succeeding. I hope that I am wrong and that he will be a good President, but I have less than zero faith that will actually happen.”