Donald Trump has made two major announcements in the past 24 hours. Both of them should make his supporters furious.
President-elect Donald Trump rode into the White House convincing ordinary Americans that he was a man of the people.
He told his supporters he would raise taxes on the wealthy, slash taxes for the middle class and clear Washington of political insiders and lobbyists.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2016
— CNN (@CNN) November 8, 2016
But he’s still two months out from even being sworn in as President and he’s already backflipped on two of the major pillars of his campaign.
Let’s start with the swamp.
For his first major staffing decision, Trump today selected Reince Preibus as the incoming President’s chief-of-staff.
Preibus is the living embodiment of the political class, a career politician and one of the most notorious Washington insiders.
Preibus, as chair of the Republican National Committee, is the most ardent protector of the Republican ‘establishment’ which Trump so passionately rallied against.
He’s close friends with the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan – a Republican who Trump supporters despise, and even booed off stage during the election.
Before the decision, Trump’s long-time confidant and friend, Roger Stone, warned against selecting Preibus:
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) November 12, 2016
Instead of draining the swamp, Trump has reached right into it and invited the biggest alligator he could find into his home.
Gotta wonder how Trump voters feel about his staff picks so far. Seems like an odd way to "drain the swamp".
— Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow) November 13, 2016
Campaign Trump: “Washington is broken. GOP is useless. We need to drain the swamp.”
President Trump: “Reince, wanna hang bro?"
— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) November 13, 2016
Trumps cabinet is filled with the owners and builders of the swamp Trump swore to drain.
— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) November 13, 2016
The President-elect also campaigned on a promise to get rid of the influence of lobbyists and corruption in Washington – so what did he do?
He stacked his transition team with lobbyists and politicians recently exposed for corruption.
Trump’s powerful rhetoric gave some hope to millions of disenfranchised Americans fed up with the corruption and self-interest on Capitol Hill.
But it seems like it was nothing more than rhetoric.
Then there’s the tax plan
If nothing else, Trump was a champion of the middle class.
He told them he would stop the wealth being concentrated in the hands of the ‘one per cent’.
He told them he would slash their taxes and make the wealthy pay their fair share – but his recently announced tax plan does the exact opposite.
“(I’ll) massively cut taxes for the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country.”
NPR did a thorough analysis of his proposal and found that millionaires would get an average tax cut of $317,000.
Meanwhile, a family earning $40,000-50,000 a year would only get a $560 cut and single parents with incomes of between $50,000-$70,000 would face a tax increase between $1,188 and $2,440.
Professor Batchelder says Trump's tax plan would boost taxes for many families, especially single-parent families. https://t.co/kNLFS7auAa
— NPR (@NPR) November 13, 2016
— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) November 11, 2016
The working class of America trusted Trump to have their best interests at heart, because he told them over-and-over that he did.
His presidency hasn’t even started yet, and he’s already thrown them under the bus.