Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Donald Trump's true believers are losing the faith. As Trump struggles to keep his campaign promises and flirts with political moderation, his most steadfast supporters -- from veteran advisers to anti-immigration activists to the volunteers who dropped their jobs to help elect him -- are increasingly dismayed by the direction of his presidency. Their complaints range from Trump's embrace of an interventionist foreign policy to his less hawkish tone on China to, most recently, his marginalization of his nationalist chief strategist, Steve Bannon. But the crux of their disillusionment, interviews with nearly two dozen Trump loyalists reveal, is a belief that Trump the candidate bears little resemblance to Trump the president. He's failing, in their view, to deliver on his promise of a transformative "America First" agenda driven by hard-edged populism.

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"Donald Trump dropped an emotional anchor. He captured how Americans feel," said Tania Vojvodic, a fervent Trump supporter who founded one of his first campaign volunteer networks. "We expect him to keep his word, and right now he's not keeping his word."

Earlier this week, Vojvodic launched a Facebook group called, "The concerned support base of President Trump," which quickly drew several dozen sign-ups. She also changed the banner on her Facebook page to a picture of Bannon accompanied by the declaration: "Mr. President: I stand with Steve Bannon."

"I'm not so infatuated with Trump that I can't see the facts," she said. "People's belief, their trust in him, it's declining."

The swiftness and abruptness of Trump's shift from bomb-throwing populist outsider to a more mainstream brand of Republican has taken the president's stalwarts by surprise.

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Blah, blah, blah. The Know Nothings will still vote for him and the Republicans because they are motivated by emotional biases cultivated by the Republican Party for 50 years. Who really are the religious right? Racists who didn't want their kids to go to school with black kids so they created hundreds (thousands) of Christian academies where they brainwashed kids for the last 50 years. They aren't Christians, they're racists and they somehow have managed to equate those two ideas, that Christianity is somehow equivalen to white nationalism. That's the real truth about America today, like it or not, but it is the truth.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-14 08:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#1

Next time I broadbrush Democrats, don't get mad.

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2017-04-14 10:57 AM | Reply

They're not really turning on him if he's the one renegging on his campaign rhetoric. He turned on them.

Although really, he started spouting typical GOP retardation well before the election so I don't know why anyone would be surprised that he's turned out to be a typical corporatist flunky republican.

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2017-04-14 11:03 AM | Reply

You liberals have control of the media, so you are trying to paint Trump now.

It isn't working. No one I know is like what this article represents. Everyone who truly supports Trump is letting Trump do his thing. We aren't "turning" on him.

This is just more liberal media lies and those who are democrats are eating it up. Most people listening to you anyway are liberals...

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2017-04-14 11:15 AM | Reply

Everyone who truly supports Trump is letting Trump do his thing. We aren't "turning" on him.

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2017-04-14 11:15 AM | Reply

But do you know why you're supporting him? Being a blind supporter is nothing to get all high and mighty about, you know. Just makes you a sucker.

If you voted for him because you agreed with his policies then it should bother you that he's been so spineless about following up on them.

If you don't care about his policies then what is the point in supporting him at all?

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2017-04-14 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#5 I truly believe Boaz's support for Trump is just to "stick it" to the libruls. Nothing more. Shortsighted and dumb.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-04-14 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

By Boaz's definition, Trump is a liberal.

#7 | Posted by sully at 2017-04-14 11:48 AM | Reply

I dunno, Trump uses the phrase "radical islamic extremism" quite frequently. Apparently that is the only leadership quality need for Boaz.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2017-04-14 12:34 PM | Reply

"Donald Trump dropped an emotional anchor. He captured how Americans feel,"

bs. a vocal minority "feel" that way: the "hate" way.

#9 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-14 01:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I truly believe Boaz's support for Trump is just to "stick it" to the libruls.
#6 | POSTED BY 726

Are you kidding? That's the Conservative platform in a nutshell.

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-15 06:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Trump has laundered money for the Russian Mafia.
That is why he will not release his taxes.

#11 | Posted by OldUncleBob at 2017-04-15 02:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


@#4 ... Everyone who truly supports Trump is letting Trump do his thing. We aren't "turning" on him. ...

That's a powerful couple of sentences.

Let's take the first one, "Everyone who truly supports Trump is letting Trump do his thing."

That's probably a true statement. But it [intentionally?] dodges the concept of the thread. "Everyone who truly supports" is present tense.

Sure, if you continue to support Pres Trump, you are a supporter. However, the thread is about the supporters of candidate Trump, and how they may not like what Pres Trump has been doing lately. In other words, what percentage of the supporters of candidate Trump are losing faith in Pres Trump because of how has been acting recently?

I'd proffer that percentage is greater than the 0% your message implies.

Let me ask the question differently... do you think that 100% of candidate Trump's supporters, i.e., 100% of those who voted for candidate Trump still support what he is doing, the Syrian strike, the Afghanistan bomb, cozying up to China, not declaring China a currency manipulator his first day in office, all-but-showing Mr Bannon the door, wanting to work with Democrats on healthcare, etc., etc.?

imo, I'd say that more than a few percentage points of his voters are, as the article says, losing faith in him. And for someone that got into the Oval Office without winning the popular vote, those few percentage points may be more than he can afford to lose. Especially for someone who likes to be bask in his perceived popularity.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-04-15 04:30 PM | Reply

I guess Boaz is too stupid to realize who owns the media. Corporations that lean to the extreme right about 99.9% of the time. If he ever turned off Fox News maybe he'd realize this.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-04-15 04:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I guess Boaz is too stupid to realize who owns the media. Corporations that lean to the extreme right about 99.9% of the time.
#13 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON "

Is this meant as a joke?

#14 | Posted by InTrumpWeTrust at 2017-04-15 05:53 PM | Reply

No joke. Are you under the impression that large corporations are liberal? Really? They do whatever will make them the most money. If they do that by being liberal, maybe "conservatives" should re-examine the theory that they are the majority in America.

#15 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-04-15 09:20 PM | Reply

"Next time I broadbrush Democrats, don't get mad."

Bwahaha. All you do is that. You paint every culture, race, religion and sexual orientation in broad brushes.

Joke.

#16 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-04-17 07:26 AM | Reply

Meanwhile Trumps approval at 50%.
www.rasmussenreports.com

#17 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-04-17 09:46 AM | Reply

"No joke. Are you under the impression that large corporations are liberal?
#15 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN"

Rightwingnuts have done a commendable job of convincing people that defense contractors like GE are actually secretly liberal bastions in our society. It's laughable.

#18 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-17 03:52 PM | Reply

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