Jim Watson/AFP — Trump puts on his pious face
Before the end of 2016 there was little in Donald Trump’s life, or frequently offensive political campaign, to suggest that as president he would be hailed as God’s appointee on Earth, be beloved by born-again Christians, or compared to a biblical king.
Yet that is exactly what has happened in the three years since Trump took office, as he has surrounded himself with a God-fearing cabinet and struck up an unlikely but extremely beneficial relationship with white evangelical supporters.
It’s a relationship that, for the president, has ensured unwavering support from a key voter base and for his religious supporters, seen a conservative takeover of the courts and an assault on reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights.
“It’s incredibly troubling,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the separation of church and state.
“Trump is conferring unparalleled privilege on one narrow slice of religion,” Laser said. “He confers privilege in exchange for constant loyalty at the ballot box, no matter what he does.”
If you share your bed with garbage, the stink wears off on you. While that can be a two-way problem, the worst end of the brush is painting these religious folk to be as corrupt as Trump, his allies, his whole platform of bigotry and theft.
But as her health insurance premiums continued to rise, reaching a price higher than her mortgage, she decided to vote for Trump with the hope that he would repeal and replace Obamacare. She wasn’t alone: Health care was one of the top reasons that voters chose Trump in the 2016 election. A Pew study shows the issue was one of the five most important issues for Americans. Many Trump voters expressed frustration with high premiums and the penalty tax of Obamacare. And “repeal and replace,” repeated for years by Republican Congress members, became one of Trump’s signature campaign promises.
❝ But by the time Inauguration Day rolled around, Underwood already regretted her choice. She told Vox that in January she was already seeing signs that Trump wasn’t going to stay true to his campaign promises.
And she recently saw her fears come true: The American Health Care Act, Republicans’ repeal-and-replace plan — the very issue that had decided her vote — failed…
❝ Repeal and replace was the primary motivating factor in my vote for Donald Trump. It is what swayed my vote despite my misgivings with him. The premiums had continued to climb under Obamacare. It was really squeezing our household budget, and I was still unable to buy the medications I needed. I didn’t receive much coverage under my policy, and I felt like I was being held hostage to this policy that wasn’t beneficial to me unless I needed it for some catastrophic event…
I wanted Trump to do away with the tax penalty mandate if you didn’t get coverage. I wanted him to lower premiums and expand coverage under these plans.
❝ I didn’t really have strong, preconceived notions of how Washington would accomplish this. I’m not running for office, I’m not promising to make it better. I take them at their word to make it better. If that means more government spending to make that happen or more free market enterprise options, it is more or less irrelevant to me. I just wanted them to make it happen. They promised they would do it...
❝ …Be more open to regretters. I certainly understand…anger and frustration, but we need to work together going forward.
The crowd that recognizes the incompetence of the Democratic Party in the 2016 election – and thinks voters can only move forward by proselytizing Trump True Believers – is as naive as regretters once were. Sorry for the complexity; but, it works.
First, the folks who should be brought forward into progressive action are the liberals and independents who didn’t vote. For whatever reason. Positive progressive change is what we should be fighting for. Not providing free counseling for folks who still believe Trump’s populist bullshit.
Second, this is the first time I’ve bumped into the term, “regretter”. In this case – and likely most others – we’re looking at someone who tried to take Trump at his word. Foolish as that seems to cynical geezers like me, I can understand the confusion. The words often made some elemental sense – even if the source was a patent leather pathological liar. And “regretters” like the woman in this interview began to understand the whole disaster even before Inauguration Day.
Unlike her peers, she didn’t stop thinking about solutions. She hasn’t relied on uncritical acceptance of the bullshit of someone who played an important person on so-called reality TV.
Welcome aboard, sister. We all have a long critical battle to fight. Together.
The couple walked into a Norfolk, Virginia courthouse on a spring day, exchanged a few words, and within 10 minutes, were seemingly husband and wife.
It was an unremarkable ceremony — except that several weeks later, officials realized the shapely bride might not have been a woman.
Now authorities in Virginia, where same-sex marriages are illegal, are weighing whether to file misdemeanor charges against the couple.
A prosecutor says the decision to press charges could turn on whether the pair knowingly misled officials when they applied for a license and later, traveled to a courthouse for a ceremony. If the bride was transgender, and identified as a woman, it is unclear whether the marriage would be considered illegal…
The couple has not commented publicly since the ceremony, and The Associated Press was not able to locate either person. Court clerk Rex Davis said the marriage is considered illegal because both individuals are legally considered to be men…
Transgender people are increasingly recognized by courts as matching their “gender identity,” or internal sense of gender, said Cole Thaler, an attorney with a gay rights legal group. That means “it’s not deceptive for a transgender person who lives their life as a gender different from the gender they were assigned.”
Or you could just leave people along to live their lives as they see fit. Not harming anyone. Not telling other folks how to be 2nd-class citizens.