There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to President Donald Trump. Despite his twitchy Twitter fingers and provocative statements, some pockets of the country love him. Then there are some cities that hate Trump for the same reasons. Then there are some people who voted for him but are now turning on Trump.
Even though he might be one of the most-hated Presidents ever, people’s opinions on Trump are divided. Unless you ask the Carrier employees in Indiana. Trump made some big campaign promises to them and didn’t deliver. They aren’t alone in having second thoughts. Some people who voted for Donald Trump say the president has broken his jobs promises. We’ll discuss the gripes of the Carrier employees, show you some other Trump supporters who are losing faith in the president, and reveal why some people are still rooting for team Trump.
1. The promise
- The President claimed he’d be able to save 1,100 jobs.
When Donald Trump discovered Carrier planned to move manufacturing jobs from Indiana to Mexico, he pounced. He said those jobs, and jobs like them, would stay in the United States if he was elected president. After winning the election, Trump promised to save 1,100 Carrier manufacturing jobs. He claimed those jobs were the first of many that would stay domestic instead of being outsourced.
Next: Want to guess what happens next?
2. The outcome
- Despite Trump’s promises, most of the jobs weren’t saved.
On the presidential campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump swung into Indianapolis and promised to save hundreds of manufacturing jobs at a Carrier furnace factory. Instead, 200 workers were laid off in January of 2018. Before that, 300 Carrier employees in Indianapolis were let go in 2017. All those layoffs came after Carrier closed a plant in Huntington, Ind., in 2016 and 700 people lost their jobs. Some jobs remain, but not the 1,100 Trump promised. The folks left without jobs are changing their opinions and turning on Trump.
Next: Job losses come as a shock to Carrier employees.
3. What happened to those jobs?
- Newton’s laws of motion couldn’t be stopped.
By the time Trump heard about Carrier’s plans for Indiana, it was too late to do anything. The wheels were already spinning and no amount of force could stop what was happening. United Technologies Corporation, Carrier’s parent company, was dealing with sagging profits from other companies under its banner. According to Bloomberg, many of Carrier’s HVAC rivals moved jobs overseas long before Carrier did. A cheaper workforce outside the U.S. and automation in domestic factories mean there are fewer jobs for American workers. Those factors plus UTC’s corporate strategy meant those Indiana jobs were leaving no matter what. Yet Carrier employees who voted for him are turning on Trump because he promised to save their jobs and they feel let down.
Next: Carrier employees who feel betrayed aren’t alone.
4. Regretting voting for Trump isn’t unique to Carrier employees
- An Obamacare patient walks back Trump support.
In a first-person essay for Vox, Sherri Underwood says Trump’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare won her vote. Now she’s turning on Trump, and it didn’t take the former police officer long to regret her decision. After a year with Trump as president, Underwood does not mince words, writing, “[Supporters] believe he has their back and will put them first. But all he cares about is himself. And he will betray them, as he has already done.” Meanwhile, Underwood is still waiting for Trump to make good on his repeal and replace promise.
Next: Trump gets on the bad side of a former football coach who supported him.
5. Rex Ryan gets fed up with Trump’s criticism
- Criticizing NFL players altered the former coach’s opinion.
Rex Ryan once introduced Trump at a rally in Buffalo during the presidential campaign. Despite some of Trump’s inflammatory comments, Ryan told the Buffalo News in July of 2017 he was a proud Trump supporter. Then Trump attacked NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, and Ryan publicly changed his tune. Ryan is just one person, but it indicates how Trump’s words and actions are turning people off.
Next: A police chief has doubts about one of Trump’s policies.
6. Deportations raise concerns in rural Washington State
- Reputable neighbors are being arrested by ICE agents.
Trump promised to get tough on immigration as president, famously claiming he would build a wall on the Mexican border. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not Border Patrol, is the government agency doing all the work. ICE arrests under Trump are up 40% year over year, according to a report from NBC News. Border Patrol arrests for the fiscal year ending in September of 2017 were down 25%. In Long Beach, Wash., Police Chief Flint Wright tells the Seattle Times he is shocked to see reputable neighbors being detained by ICE. Wright isn’t necessarily turning on Trump, but he is having doubts about the president’s immigration policy.
Next: Disapproval hits close to home.
7. Those who are turning on Trump are not alone
- Trump’s inner circle is jumping ship.
Some of the voters who checked the box for Trump are fed up. So are the people who work for him. Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon didn’t last one year in the Trump White House. Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on Trump’s TV show The Apprentice, was shown the door. Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and son-in-law Jared Kushner could be next. The last three might leave on their own instead of waiting to be fired.
Next: Is this what’s coming?
8. Are the 2017 elections a microcosm of the future?
- November 2017 results saw several big wins for the Democrats.
Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, are just a few of the women who Trump has criticized on Twitter. Some women voters have had enough. Pennsylvania was one of the states that swung the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. Women in Bethlehem, Pa., are already tired of his antics and are taking action, according to a report by The Guardian. Women there are running for office to ensure their voices are heard in the political backrooms. Beyond that enclave, elections in November of 2017 saw Democrats win several big races. It shows the trend of people turning on Trump is spreading wider than Carrier employees, former football coaches, and rural police chiefs.
Next: Don’t change a thing.
9. Still, some voters would do it all again
- Broken promises and bad behavior aren’t enough to sway some voters.
We’ve discussed the ways Trump’s broken promises and bad behavior have prompted some voters to backtrack on their support of him. Yet there are still voters who are firmly in the Trump camp. Polling conducted by Politico reveals just 7% Trump supporters would vote differently if given the chance. Bloomberg is following Trump voters from middle America and tracking their opinions of his performance. The people who cast their ballots for Trump in 2016 stand behind him. So while some voters are vocally walking back their support, others remain firm Trump backers.
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