Gordon Smith

Twitter page devoted to Trumpites who want their votes back

Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera

Approx Reading Time-11There’s a cathartic place to group and complain on Twitter as a collection of Trump voters are voicing their regrets.

 


He’s in. No longer is the suffix “elect” keeping him at bay. Donald Trump is now officially president – no qualification either.

Naturally, the United States is feeling pretty positive about its new leader, with crowds gathering to celebrate the orange man’s big day with festivities in the streets. Celebratory activities included Nazi punching.

But it’s not all fake tan and Russian-based erotica. Some of Trump’s most staunch, most proudly patriotic followers have seen just what a business mogul-run White House looks like, and they’re not happy.

Maybe it was the dumping of the closest thing the US has ever had to universal health care, leaving 20 million Americans without any kind of medical care. Maybe it’s the Orwellian performances of some of those in the Trump camp’s public appearances, complete with double speak of “alternative facts”, and the punishing of thought crime in international acts of thuggery against women’s rights to choose, or indeed even speak of, such a choice. Or maybe it’s the way the incoming president filled his cabinet with multi billionaires after riding into office on the back of promises to drain the swamp and to instil government that cares for the “forgotten American”.

“I’m soo pissed that I voted for you and thought you’d change your tone!! Worry about the real things now. Get to work!”

Whatever it is, the weight that is Trump voting regret is too much for some, whose grief has poured into the most natural outlet possible: Twitter.

Indeed, a Twitter setup entirely for the sake of “Trumpgrets” has sprung up, and is already commanding a follower base of nearly 200,000.

Some have voiced a distain for the commander in chief’s often clumsy, even more often offensive tendency to go off script.

“Please just do your job and stop talking about things that don’t matter. You’re making me regret my vote,” Tweeted one voter.

“I’m soo pissed that I voted for you and thought you’d change your tone!! Worry about the real things now. Get to work!” said another.

Others in fact voted for the kind of xenophobia that Donald does best, expecting near instant fulfilment of the “we’ll build a wall” promise.

But perhaps, most amazingly, some voters expressed their discontent in the scrapping of Obamacare, despite it being a key part of Trump’s election platform.

It’s hard to tell just what kind of response is best to have to the cries of let down voters. On the one hand, one has to laugh at the inability for voters to see through an election campaign littered with deceit, slurs and claims of sexual assault.

On the other hand however, is a feeling of lament and of deep sorrow, for the people of a nation that prides itself on being a bastion of democracy.

We may talk about voter disillusionment in Australia, but America really has a monopoly on the problem, with voters that are as poorly educated in political affairs as they are from a poorly funded schooling system.

Sure, you’re probably in the majority if you regret voting for Turnbull in our most recent election, but at the very least you’re not facing the very real possibility of death due to a hurriedly undertaken wipeout of your healthcare with no real replacement in sight.

In the United States, that is absolutely the case. As some on Twitter noted, affordable, universal health care can mean life or death. That’s especially true for those who were on Obamacare, who are typically on the low end of the income bracket.

It may be easy to laugh at the cognitive dissonance required for American voters to truly believe the claims Trump made in the lead up to the election, but for already distrustful people to have what little faith they had left dashed, it paints a dastardly picture for the future of a super power increasingly entangled in violent crime and racial dissent.

A truly powerful, truly ideological man now holds residence in what may be the most powerful office in the world.

We too may very soon be forced to unite via Twitter angst to table our own Trump regret.

 

Gordon Smith

Journalist by day, cunning linguist by night. A passion for politics, hypnotically involved in human rights. An Australian born with a Japanese tongue, hoping to hold the big wigs in government to account.

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