Let’s face it: The number of Americans who now regret voting for Donald Trump keeps growing every single day. And that’s good news.
In just nine months, the level of Trumper’s remorse is quite high. The list of regret scattered across the internet is vast and keeps growing. The Trump_Regrets Twitter page has amassed 270k followers and a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in July found that 12% of Trump voters would not vote for him again “if the election were held today.” If we take that 12% finding from Trump’s popular vote total: 62,979,879, that means over 7.5 million people regret their vote.
That’s a lot of people.
The Trump presidency, by any measure, has been a colossal failure. But his performance as president shouldn’t be surprising to anyone: he’s been on a fixed, hatred-filled trajectory since he waved and thumbed-up his way down the escalator in Trump Tower and declared that all Mexicans are rapists back in June of 2015.
Which leads me to a series of questions I have for the regretful Trump voter:
What did you think this was going to look like?
Now, if you are one of those Trump voters who remain with two feet firmly planted on the Trump train, as misguided as your loyalty may be, your stance makes sense. You may say that you thought he would, at the very least, be able to get rid of Obamacare and certain regulations and cut taxes. Well, he’s cut a lot of Obama-era regulations. Corporations can again dump sludge into rivers and streams so that should make you happy right? And he’s working on taxes now.
We get it. But while none of the aforementioned categories are insignificant, most of the Trump regret seems centered around his personality, and the things he says, and even more frequently, the things he Tweets.
And if we move further to the right, there’s a contingency of voters who turned against Trump when he expressed their discontent with the erratic president by burning their MAGA hats.
This is the part that really confuses me. Did people think as soon as he secured victory, he’d molt, form a chrysalis, and subsequently reemerge as a measured, competent, thoughtful human being?
No! Donald Trump is a 71-year-old man who has been well-known for acting like a petulant child for decades—he’s a buffoon! He’s acting the same way as president as did as a candidate, as he did a reality TV star, as he did as the figurehead of the racist birther movement, as he did as a steak salesman, as he did as a casino maven.
I hate to be the one to tell you this —no I don’t— but if you voted for Trump…
This, all of this, is what you voted for:
You voted for reckless.
You voted for misogynistic.
You voted for racist.
You voted for unpredictable.
You voted for petty.
You voted for childish.
You voted for inexperienced.
You voted for Donald “grab em’ by the pussy” Trump.
Some would say, as a person who hopes the Trump presidency ends as soon as possible, I should be thankful people are coming to their senses, and I am. But I can’t help but feel like millions of Americans were living in an alternate dimension for a period of time and have only recently morphed back to terrestrial reality.
I can’t wait for the next election.