Much ink has been spilled over the parallels between Brexit and Donald Trump’s election victory, particularly regarding the role of the white working class and the underlying themes of race and xenophobia. Another parallel is quickly coming into view: post-vote buyer’s remorse.
You may recall quotes like this one from a British student named Mandy: “I would go back to the polling station and vote to stay, simply because this morning the reality is kicking in.” Or this one from a voter name Adam: “I’m shocked that we voted for Leave, I didn’t think that was going to happen. I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.”
Unsurprisingly, similar sentiments are being aired stateside by Trump voters, particularly as the President-elect has begun to stock his cabinet with the very bankers who created the sort of economic angst his supporters were so vocal about during the campaign.
The Associated Press is out today with with the story of Teena Colebrook who “voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington, D.C.” only to find that Trump promptly nominated to lead the Treasury Department Steve Mnuchin, the billionaire whose bank foreclosed on her home in April, 2015.
Watch Colebrook’s story here:
Despite his promise to “drain the swamp,” a promise many low-income, less-educated voters took to mean he would at least try to rid government of pervasive Wall Street influence, Trump is poised, according to the Los Angeles Times, to “preside over the richest cabinet in U.S. history.” His appointees’ wealth might not be a big deal in itself, except that he seems to be getting a lot of them from one place: Goldman Sachs, a bank that took a $10 billion dollar bailout during the financial collapse of 2008.
These stories are likely to pile up as Trump fails to fulfill the vast majority of his biggest campaign promises. Fortunately for the country, there will be no wall, there will be no Muslim ban, Hillary Clinton will not be locked up. Those were the worst of Trump’s promises and he will not be able to keep them.
Obamacare may well be repealed, but to date neither Trump nor the GOP has articulated anything resembling a plan to replace it, which means that 20 million Americans, many of whom voted for Donald Trump, may simply lose their health insurance.
And the swamp will not be drained. More than ever, the White House will be teeming with rich, old, white guys looking out for themselves without a care in the world for the people who were foolish enough to put them there.