Some Trump voters have already come to realize that they’ve been conned. But others were still totally loyal to Trump this weekend, and very excited to see him take on the office of the presidency.
Many Trump supporters had never been to Washington or to any event like this, and were wowed by the city – commenting on the beauty of the buildings and size of DC itself. (See, as much as they say they hate “the establishment” and “insiders,” they seem to desperately want to BE part of that in-group. Apparently, Trump fans weren’t even yelling to “Lock up” Hillary Clinton anymore. A good sign.)
Regardless – that sense of legitimacy is not at all what they got, when they went.
First of all, it rained several times on Inauguration Day, and cell phone service was really spotty. And of course, Trump’s speech was less than eloquent.
Some Trump supporters left Washington less than exhilarated and proud.
Here’s what people are saying:
- “I’m thinking, ‘Oh, God, you can’t be this stupid.’ But then I started to think, wait a second, maybe he’s got some kind of side deal going on with Putin that we don’t know about.”
“He needs to get rid of the off-the-cuff stuff, stop with Twitter, and start acting presidential. Or he’s going to make us all look stupid.”
- Scott Grayban, 52, said he “almost blew a gasket” when Trump appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser to the White House. “It’s not regret that I voted for Trump, it’s regret that Trump isn’t with the people who have experience.”
“I really thought this was going to be an election that was going to [create] change. That was Trump’s whole thing: ‘We’re going to clean up Washington, we’re going to drain the swamp.’ The swamp is full again. It’s actually fuller.”
- “I’m starting to feel like the biggest mistake of my young 23 years of life has been voting for [Trump].”
- “I still think Trump would be the better candidate. I’d still regret it. I’d vote for him again but I’d still regret it.”
- “I regret that we didn’t have better choices as a country.”
“Time will tell if I’m really going to start slamming my head against the wall and going, ‘Oh my goodness, what did I do?’”
So many of us are already wondering, ‘Oh god, what have you done?’ so it’s good you’re thinking that now, too.
Let’s see what happens, I suppose?