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Supporters To Trump: Break Campaign Promises At Your Peril

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Supporters To Trump: Break Campaign Promises At Your Peril

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kathryn Stellmack expects the world from Donald Trump.

After listening to his speeches and casting her vote for him, she expects Trump to toughen immigration laws, restore lost jobs, upend a corrupt political system, build a wall on the border, and be, as the millionaire put it, the “greatest jobs president that God has ever created.”

“We expect him to move forward on all the items he has promised to move forward on,” said Stellmack, 69, a retiree in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“And if he doesn’t, we will hold his feet to the fire.”

After a presidential race fueled by brash but constantly shifting policy proposals, Trump’s millions of followers — from social conservative activists to struggling blue-collar workers to hardline militant groups — say if he does anything less than take a wrecking ball to business-as-usual Washington, they will be disappointed.

“We’ll be watching, Mr. Trump,” said Stellmack.

Trump’s promises have been hard to pin down, with many policy details left elusive and vague. NBC News identified 141 “distinct shifts” on 23 major issues since Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015.

Still, his fiery rhetoric had an unmistakable message of ending big government and the entrenched power of establishment elites in both parties.

That inspired hope that Trump can break through Washington’s gridlock to make progress on plans to invigorate the economy, eliminate terrorist threats, rip up trade agreements and repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan known as Obamacare.

“I totally trust him,” said Laura Czarniak, 56, of Manistee, Michigan, a Rust Belt state that leans Democrat in presidential elections but which flipped to Trump on Tuesday.

“I know he’ll build the wall. I know he’ll take care of the Syrian refugee problem. I know he’ll get rid of Obamacare. There is not a chance in hell he won’t do those things,” she said.

But even with Republicans retaining control of Congress, Trump will have to accept limits and compromises on some of his plans. Many Republicans, for example, are wary of his proposals to scrap trade deals and boost spending on infrastructure improvements.

Some of his plans have already been rolled back.

Trump faces his highest expectations on the issue of immigration, given his intense focus on attention-grabbing campaign proposals like forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall, and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country.

But he recently indicated he would at first deport only criminal undocumented immigrants, after previously pledging to deport all undocumented aliens, while the Muslim ban has softened into “extreme vetting” of immigrants from some countries.

He told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Friday that he would consider keeping parts of Obamacare intact — easing off his calls for a total repeal — after Obama spoke to him on the issue at the White House on Thursday.

MAY NEED TIME

Mark Morris, a leader of the Colorado-based Three Percent United Patriots militia group, said he understood Trump would need time on some issues, but he expected quick movement on repealing Obamacare and appointing a conservative Supreme Court justice to fill the seat of the late Antonin Scalia.

He said he hoped Trump would stand with ranchers in their disputes with the federal government over fees charged for cattle grazing on public land – a call to arms for many in the patriot and militia movement.

Morris warned Trump should not count on his followers to stay with him if he did not produce results.

“People voted with a lot of faith that he will come through,” he said. “I don’t think it is going to work out very well if he doesn’t get the things done and he comes back at the end of four years and says I need four more years to accomplish what I need to accomplish.”

Trump had to take strong action on immigration given his rhetoric, said Roy Beck, head of Numbers USA, a group that favors reduced immigration levels.

He said Numbers USA and other grassroots groups would pressure Trump to keep his promises to bolster enforcement and cut back on legal immigration and foreign workers, including eliminating immigration by low-skill and non-extraordinary-skilled workers.

“There’s no way he would have been elected president if he had not so boldly made immigration his top issue,” Beck said. “You have to come through on your top issue. The question is in the details.”

He said many Trump supporters understood his talk about the border wall was “shorthand” for restoring the rule of law in immigration, although it was a promise by which he would be judged. “We’re in the best position we’ve ever been in since the 1950s to get control of this issue, but we still have big challenges,” Beck said.

For many activists in the anti-abortion movement who are suspicious Trump’s promises are fueled by politics more than conviction, he still has plenty to prove.

“I think we’re seeing a mix of emotions, from excitement and some fear to somewhere in between,” Jeanne Mancini, president of the anti-abortion group March for Life Education and Defense Fund said of Trump’s election.

“For us the most important thing will be to hold him to his campaign promises, particularly on the Supreme Court. We want to be sure he is true to his word,” she said of Trump’s vow to appoint justices who will vote to overturn Roe vs Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

But Trump needs to move quickly, said Thomas Pyle, a Trump supporter and president of the free-market advocacy group American Energy Alliance.

“Washington is a very, very difficult place to turn the ship. He has a limited window before the culture in Washington seeps in,” Pyle said. “But if he acts boldly, he can do a lot.”

(Additional reporting by Ned Parker; Editing by Jason Szep and Stuart Grudgings)

IMAGE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida, U.S., September 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

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21 Comments

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 12, 2016

    “…After a presidential race fueled by brash but constantly shifting policy proposals, Trump’s millions of followers — from social conservative activists to struggling blue-collar workers to hardline militant groups — say if he does anything less than take a wrecking ball to business-as-usual Washington, they will be disappointed.

    …“We’ll be watching, Mr. Trump,” said Stellmack.”

    Well now, the false idol named Trump is going to have to perform, now that he went out on a limb compelled by his ego. “Hubal”, one of 300+ god statues in the Kaaba before Muhammad demolished them, was the chief idol on one of the shelves, and was expected to provide material gains for the inhabitants call Arabs on the Arabian Peninsula. But Hubal was just an inert statue of clay, incapable of keeping itself from falling over, and needed constant dusting off.

    The false god called Trump, and the false promises of the GOP and its panoply of little gods called “Conservatives”, will prove equally incapable of providing for the inhabitants of “The Red Zone”, and are simply spruced up Hubals in today’s world.

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  2. Box November 12, 2016

    I think what scare peoples is that Trump will keep the promises. I dont doubt that he will try, far unlike Obama who broke them ALL.

    Republicans reported today they are ready to appropriate the money for the wall. Ok, next promise on the list?

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    1. Jane November 13, 2016

      this is not true, check factcheck, OBAMA kept over 80 percent of his promises. IN Spite of all the obstruction.

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    2. pamb November 14, 2016

      Ah yes, Breitrbart. It’s not a real news organization, you know that, right? The head of Trump’s campaign runs Breitbart, they’ll just keep telling you what you want to hear.

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    3. The lucky one November 16, 2016

      “Republicans reported today they are ready to appropriate the money for the wall.” And we all know Republicans never lie, right?

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    1. The lucky one November 16, 2016

      A strange mix of maybe 25-30% reality and the rest is fantasy. Just about like her hero The Duck.

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  3. johninPCFL November 12, 2016

    “But he recently indicated he would at first deport only criminal undocumented immigrants” – you mean, exactly what president Obama has been doing?
    Wow. What a shift.

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  5. Mama Bear November 13, 2016

    What is so pathetic is that these people really believed him. We listened to lie after lie until up was down and black was white, and all of a sudden he will start telling the truth? And what, exactly, will they do if he does not fulfill his lies? Maybe crawl back under their rocks? Oh my, maybe vote him out after his first term? I look forward to the laugh.

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  6. bobnstuff November 13, 2016

    As it stands right now Trump will keep a big part of the ACA, build a fence not a wall and deport the same people Obama has been deporting. Congress will never let him spend like he wants to. He is filling his administration with Washington insiders and lobbyists. I can’t wait to see who he puts up for the SCOUS. His supporters heads will explode before its all over.

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    1. Dan S November 13, 2016

      Um yeah a fence will be a nice deterrent if you want to keep their chickens in Mexico ????

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      1. bobnstuff November 13, 2016

        The great Wall of Trump would do just about as well at keeping chickens in. I have been told that San Diego has a very nice wall and a railroad running under it.

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  7. Jon November 13, 2016

    He better build that big beautiful wall and make Mexico pay for it. He better lock Hillary Clinton up. He better bring manufacturing jobs including those of his businesses back to the U.S. He better rip up NAFTA and TPP. He better stack the Supreme Court with anti-abortion judges. He better start a deportation force and deport the 11 million plus illegal immigrants immediately. He better reduce income taxes immediately. He better make Russia our ally. He better repeal Obamacare. He better eliminate the EPA and bring back the coal industry. He better repeal clean air and water acts. He better privatize schools, prisons, medicare, social security, Amtrak, the USPS, law enforcement, and medicaid. He better de-fund Planned Parenthood. He better ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and start intense surveillance of Muslim communities. He better require all schools to allow firearms on their property and all school personnel to be armed. He better start making police stop and frisk any person they think may should be searched. He better torture our enemies and bomb the sh!t out of them. He better immediately permanently destroy ISIS. He better provide Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Japan with Nuclear Weapons. He better not make the U.S. defend any NATO member that does not have its dues paid in full. He better kill the families of terrorists and our enemy combatants. He better fix the disaster in Mosul, Iraq. He better help Russia defeat ISIS in Syria. He better prove he loves war. He better not support any affirmative action. He better use the FBI to investigate those who have opposed him and keep an enemies list. He better drain the swamp in Washington D.C. He better put Chris Christie in charge of infrastructure and David Duke in charge human services. We’ll be watching.

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    1. Dan S November 13, 2016

      Very true. We’ll all be sitting here on the sidelines watching him fail bigly. This is 1 job he’ll wish he never got ????

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      1. Jon November 13, 2016

        I think he’s already beginning to realize he is in over his head. His supporters will attack him if he doesn’t deliver all he has promised and patriots will attack him if he tries to carry out his hateful agenda.

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        1. Dan S November 13, 2016

          I’m planning on watching 60 Minutes to see how serious he is about his proposals from the campaign trail. All I know for sure right now is he likes parts of Obamacare he does want to keep. The huge beautiful wall Mexico was going to pay for is now a patchwork that includes fencing. We don’t want any of their chickens try to immigrate illegally now ????

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          1. latebloomingrandma November 13, 2016

            I wonder if he heard about the tunnels at the border. He can build the wall while they come from below.

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    2. pamb November 14, 2016

      They’re already walking back the wall. Didn’t you read the article? The quote was “many Trump supporters realize that the wall was shorthand for fixing policy”. If you thought an actual wall will ever be built, you’re a fool, and I look forward to your disappointment.

      Chris Christie is no longer in charge of the transition, and will not have a place in the cabinet. David Duke? You’re just trolling, now.

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      1. Jon November 14, 2016

        How about Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Counsel? David Duke is just as qualified as Bannon.
        As to the wall, not once did Trump tell supporters to “Drive Those Fence Posts” instead of “Build The Wall”. He won’t renege on one of his major promises.
        Chris Christie will become Trump’s personal valet.

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