I had a recent twitter exchange with a proud, white, “not racist” Trump supporter. He scorned me for being duped by “fake news”.
He was proud of “white culture”, and what white people accomplished. He praised his fellow white people for all the advances in science, engineering, industry, agriculture, etc.
I pointed out that people of color contributed to all of those fields as well. But, hey, what does it matter?
He blamed Obama for the rise in racism.
He declared he was not a “white nationalist”, even though he admitted he was a Proud Boy.
I informed him of Roger Stone flashing the white power hand sign with some Proud Boys.
His final praise for Trump was “Promises made, promises kept”.
I was happy to show him a few promises not kept. But I went further. It was probably too much for him to process my last message.
1. Racists blame Obama
2. White nationalists flash the white power hand sign
3. Proud Boys flash the white power hand sign
4. Only far Right true believers believe far Right media
5. The beliefs are indoctrinated
6. Racism is not racism to racists
7. You cannot grasp this
He blocked me soon after I posted this.
Rewarding as that was, I thought I’d expand on his theme of “Promises made, promises kept”. A fair standard, as such, albeit less than fair promises were in the mix.
Anyway, here’s a handy guide to those promises.
Tax cuts for the rich
Raised import tariffs
More Healthcare for veterans
Defunded Planned Parenthood
Cut Education Department
Limited legal immigration
Broke Iran Deal (Brink of war assassination and retaliation)
Canceled Paris Agreement (Deny global warming)
Installed unqualified theocratic/corporate judges
Promises Not Kept:
Showing his tax returns
“Balance the budget fairly quickly”
$550 billion for infrastructure
“Bring back manufacturing”
6 months paid maternity leave
Allow deductions for health care premiums
Cuts in food stamps for 700,000 (Blocked by judge)
“Won’t cut Medicare” (Payroll tax cut)
“Won’t cut Medicaid” (Added work requirement)
“Won’t cut Social Security” (Proposed Payroll tax cut)
“Eliminate wasteful spending”
“Better cheaper healthcare” (Downplayed Covid pandemic)
Reducing the debt (“Eliminate in 8 years”)
DACA? (Then: “I love the dreamers.” Now: “Deport the dreamers.”)
"Build the wall"
Mexico paying for the wall
Ending the wars
“Bring back waterboarding”
And last, but not the least promise not kept:
“Law and order”
Hmm. Let's see here...
Admitted history of sex crimes.
Campaign cronies met with and shared info with Russian agents.
Campaign cronies welcomed Russian help.
Cronies lied to Congress.
Pardons and commutation for cronies.
Broke the law by paying off porn star.
Up to 10 counts of obstruction of justice on Mueller investigation.
Solicited foreign help for election.(Russia, Ukraine, if you’re listening)
Assault on lawful protesters for photo op.
Vote suppression: 18 U.S. Code § 594: "Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose".
Obstruction of mail: "knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail".
(U.S. Code § 1512.Tampering with a witness(b)Whoever knowingly uses intimidation..52 U.S. Code § 30121. It shall be unlawful— to solicit- from a foreign national--money or other thing of value-- in connection with a Federal election.