Trump's Base Turns On "Flipper-In-Chief"

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Blink, and you missed Trump's blistering, seamless transformation into what appears to be a mainstream politician earlier this week.  In the span of just a few hours, President Trump flipped to new positions on several core policy issues, backing off on no less than five repeated campaign promises.

Unfortunately, at least for his re-election hopes, Trump's support base, you know...the folks that delivered his stunning victories in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is rapidly turning on the "flipper-in-chief."  Here are just a few comments from some disaffected supporters via Politico:

"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."


"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."


“It was like, here’s the chance to do something different. And that’s why people’s hopes are dashed,” said Lee Stranahan, who, as a former writer at Breitbart News, once worked with Bannon. “There was always the question of, ‘Did he really believe this stuff?’ Apparently, the answer is, ‘Not as much as you’d like.’”


Trump voters “felt like they were voting for an anti-establishment candidate — and they're terrified, they're losing faith," Cardillo said. "They're saying, ‘Why does he have these people around him?’"

Earlier this week, Tania Vojvodic even went so far as to launch 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.”



Just yesterday we highlighted some of Trump's key policy flip is an abridged version of our full post entitled "Trump Flips On Five Core Campaign Promises In Under 24 Hours."

Goodbye strong dollar and high interest rates

In an announcement that rocked currency markets, Trump told the WSJ that the U.S. dollar “is getting too strong” and he would prefer the Federal Reserve keep interest rates low.  “I do like a low-interest rate policy, I must be honest with you,” Mr. Trump said. “I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me. But that’s hurting—that will hurt ultimately,” he added. “Look, there’s some very good things about a strong dollar, but usually speaking the best thing about it is that it sounds good.”


Trump then said the one thing that every other currency manipulator realizes all too well: “It’s very, very hard to compete when you have a strong dollar and other countries are devaluing their currency.”


During his campaign Trump had repeatedly said that a "strong dollar" policy would be beneficial for the US economy, despite our repeat warnings that he will inevitably reverse on this, especially if and when the "Goldman" circle of advisors starts providing macroconomic advice.


Labeling China a currency manipulator

"They’re not currency manipulators," the president said, adding that China hasn’t been manipulating its currency for months, and that he feared derailing U.S.-China talks to crack down on North Korea. Trump routinely criticized President Obama for not labeling China a currency manipulator, and promised during the campaign to do so on day one of his administration.


Trump's declaration also means that Peter Navarro may as well pack his bags, as the Goldman economic advisory team has now won its contest with the "Bannon nationalist" circle.


Yellen's future

Trump also told the Journal he’d consider re-nominating Yellen to chair the Fed's board of governors, after attacking her during his campaign." I like her. I respect her,” Trump said, “It’s very early.”


Trump called Yellen “obviously political” in September and accused her of keeping interest rates low to boost the stock market and make Obama look good. “As soon as [rates] go up, your stock market is going to go way down, most likely,” Trump said. "Or possibly.”


Export-Import Bank

Trump also voiced support behind the Export-Import Bank, which helps subsidize some U.S. exports, after opposing it during the campaign.


“It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies,” Trump told the Journal. “Instinctively, you would say, ‘Isn’t that a ridiculous thing,’ but actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money.”


Trump’s support will anger conservative opponents of the bank, who say it enables crony capitalism.



Finally, Trump said NATO is "no longer obsolete" during a Wednesday press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, backtracking on his past criticism of the alliance. During the campaign, he frequently called the organization "obsolete," saying did little to crack down on terrorism and that its other members don’t pay their “fair share.”


“I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete," the president said Wednesday.


And while this week's transformation of Trump into a mainstream politician has been startling for supporters, others, like former campaign economic adviser Larry Kudlow, worry more about the "flip-flops" that are yet to come...particularly as it relates to tax reform.

Still others are concerned about Trump’s lack of progress on reforming the tax code.


Larry Kudlow, a veteran economist who advised Trump’s campaign, expressed dismay that the president hadn’t yet released a tax plan. He said he was beginning to wonder whether the president is about to walk back his pledge to cut taxes.


"What is their product?" Kudlow asked. "It doesn't make any sense to me. I'm not giving up hope. But it's looking very shaky to me."


Conservative economist Stephen Moore, who also advised the Trump campaign, said he’s reached out to the White House about the lack of a tax package.


“They're all over the map," he said. "I don't know if they're listening or not."

Meanwhile, 'angel mom' Brenda Sparks is growing increasingly concerned over Trump's immigration policies...or lack thereof.

Brenda Sparks, an “angel mom” whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant, appeared onstage with Trump at an August campaign event in Phoenix. She said he promised her that he would overturn the program known Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in short order.


While Sparks said she didn't think it would be done immediately, "I had expected it before now."


"I still support Trump, but I'm going to hold his feet to the fire," she said. "He has not lived up to that promise."


Michelle Dallacroce, an anti-immigration activist, is more pointed. Immigration is "why we voted for Donald Trump," she said. "This could be the most elaborate reality show. I'm wondering, was this all an illusion for us, using our movement so he could get in there?"

Finally, in the clearest admission of guilt possible, Trump took to twitter, at the height of the flip-flopping allegations earlier this week, to deflect:

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Croesus's picture

If Trump was ever the real deal, he'd better do something to show it.

Too many Sheople are getting wise to the scam.

Wake me when it's time to start shooting.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

That little pinching gesture he does with his hand means something, and it's not good.  Sounds dumb, because it is, but it's not dumb to him, and (((those))) he is beholden to.

0valueleft's picture

Maybe in his pea brain it's the same as crossing your fingers behind your back.

J S Bach's picture

You'd think that out of common courtesy Trump would go on talmudvision and let his sap followers know his reasoning for the countless flip-flops.  At the very least he could tell us the dirty details of the blackmail goodies they may be using on him.  After all, it's going to come out in the end anyway.  TPTB hate him.  (But, come to think of it, now that he's doing their every bidding, maybe (((THEY'LL))) flip-flop and deify him the way they did FDR & Churchill.)

wren's picture

I can understand the people who are upset. I'm good with that. I do wonder, however, how many of the negative posts are brought on by the DNC's new tactic to storm the internet. While skeptisism is good, while personal opinions are important, while many of us feel deceived and upset, I do wonder how deep the DNC's propaganda war runs on the internet. How many posters have multiple accounts? Make sure you don't get sucked into the DNC propoganda, but still remain skeptical and free thinking. That is all that keeps us free and holds our leaders, to a small degree, at bay.

Like Trump, don't like Trump, I don't care. Just don't buy into all the BS. I have a feeling that we're beginning to feel the DNC's internet campaign for the next election. I support your free mind.

The freedoms to think and feel are our only true freedoms, keep them yours.

J S Bach's picture

I don't see the DNC in this at all.  I understand what you're saying, but a person can be basically judged on two things... their words and their actions.  We all melted at Trump's words during the campaign to refrain from further imperialist actions around the world and even possibly getting OUT of fires we have imprudently started.  But, now we see his actions - and in truth, these are FAR more powerful than words.  Therefore, we must judge him based on his actions... and he deserves our derision for what he has approved thus far in foreign policy.

RiverRoad's picture

Re judging words and actions:  On the campaign trail Trump was very forthright about saying that he wanted to build up our military and "go in and win the wars that we've been losing for years."  He repeated ad infinitum, "The generals are with me." 

Evidently while enjoying the fact that he was going up against the establishment, some people were only hearing what they wanted to hear when Trump spoke. 


Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) RiverRoad Apr 14, 2017 6:38 PM

the bigger problem is that all this flip-flopping could lead to something sinister.

A really Clintonesque-like presidency: WAR, debt, globalism... and did I mention WAR?

Are you prepared for SHTF scenario?

Where Will You Go When North Korean Agents Release Biological Weapons in Major U.S. Cities?


TheLastTrump's picture

Precisely, much more well spoken then I can fucking manage.

brianshell's picture

We read where Clinton, as SOS, would change her mind too, after receiving a donation.

Trump seems to change his mind because intelligence officials swear they have proof. He may also have family and allies who also are presented with "proof" from people they trust. He also may be swayed by foreign diplomats in their private talks.

That naivety can be remedied by getting the truth to him.

My concern is that he doesn't know who to believe anymore and he is pragmatic.

Any suggestions?

frank further's picture

Was the article "DNC propaganda?"  or, did you read it at all?  or, did you just wake up from a three-week nap?

TheLastTrump's picture

They're sock puppeting like a motherfucker all over and up and around up in here, yo.

dogismycopilot's picture

i am a real voter and i am genuinely pissed.

Scuba Steve's picture

Great Poker hand if you combine with 2 Kings ... A Rockefeller and A Rothschild

Cheka_Mate's picture

To anyone with their eyes open, Democracy is being revealed as a popularity contest for the next CFR/AIPAC approved candidate.

Donald Judas Trump if no wall, etc in the next 3 years.

FireBrander's picture

Settle the fuck down didn't REEEEALLLY believe him; did you?

He's not as good a speaker as Obama, but Trumps a world class conman...


Don't forget the promises he has/is and hopefully continue to keep...

Grade: A  Subject: Deportation of Criminal Illegals.

Grade: A  Subject: Supreme Court Nominee

Grade: A  Subject: Global Climate Change

Grade: A  Subject: TPP


I'm disappointed in Trump...but not nearly as much as Bush and Obama...yet...

ACP's picture

Stupid article.

Yes, every politician is expected to fulfill 100% of his promises less than 90 days in office right?

He doesn't even have his full cabinet yet.

dirtscratcher's picture

You missed the point. It isn't that he hasn't fulfilled his promises. It's that he has broken them; he's flipped and flopped. Bombing Syria is just one example of why my in him has deteriorated. That can't be blamed on an obstructionist opposition or anybody else. That's on him.

Promethus's picture

Agreed. It's his incredibly stupid response to an obvious false flag attack in Syria and appointing his jerk off son in law to his inner circle that cost him my support. 

Zorba's idea's picture

One of the other BIGLY campaign promises was Repeal and Replace. When Trump attempted to hustle this RINOcare piece of shit as a "beautiful" healthcare plan and then after the few, the proud, the brave Freedom caucus stood up to Rino establishment, the Donald threatens to "primary" these honorable representatives for holding him to his bigliest domestic issue and basis of support. THAT's when I realized the Trump nearly stuck OHNO!care up our ass! That shit is fucked up and if round two in RINOville produces another turd 2.0 he will have guaranteed a one term legacy.  Good riddance if he does.

TuPhat's picture

Stupid comment.  What is it about Trump saying he will do the opposite from what he promised that you don't understand?

Michael Bay's picture
Michael Bay (not verified) ACP Apr 14, 2017 7:49 PM

If what he has of cabinet now is anything to go by, you don`t want to see it in full.

new game's picture

cabinet of booze. that is just short sighted, to rushed bad planning. sorry, seriously, the salesman shit and saying things two, three or four times is bullshit. and the wonderfully great and awesome talk is getting very old. like dude im not here to buy a car.

he is not the man to be charge of us of a. plain and simple. someone like rand paul works for me.

basically an embarassment. bush was bad enough. 3 yrs and 9 months is going to a serious test for humanity...

Syrin's picture

Exactly.   Let's also not forget that the Congress has held up his appointees on purpose to sabotage him.


I think his biggest problem is when we said "Lock her up" WE really meant "Lock her up".   We are tired of gov't officials not being bound by the law.   Why is Comey still in place?   WHy isn't Hillary under investigation?   Why is Kushner in place and Bannon on the way out?   Why aren't Holder, Lois Lerner, the new head of the IRS, Rice, all facing charges?

wren's picture

I COMPLETELY agree with you! We meant it! Multi-multi-multi $ Clinton Foundation scams selling out our country to foreign governments utilizing her position in the White House to do it, and that's just part of it! That had to be the worst thing I've seen yet because it proves yet again that it doesn't matter what politicians do, they will never be held to the law! Sure, he may have crossed the line with foreign countries and many thousands may die, but letting her off the hook proves that many more thousands may die because this political behavior won't change!

I still support Trump, but I'm REALLY disappointed in the Hillary ordeal!

As for the warmongering, for me the jury is still out. We will see how this plays out. I'm not happy about Syria, North Korea I'm not opposed to killing off that psychopath who kills his people using dogs and heavy artillery, kills the families of people who run across the border, feeds his people meth to suppress their appetites and starves them, then threatens the world with nuclear arms. Yea, not a fan of NK.

Freddie's picture

Ivanka and Jared are buddies with Chelsea and the rest of the Clintons. 

Jared Kushner and his family do business with Soros.

Unless Trump fires Jared and Ivaka soon plus McMaster aka puppet of the Saudis and also pal of scumbag Petreaus....then Trump is a joke.

ThreeRs's picture

I upvoted you because I feel the same way. Times a thousand.




I know it takes time and patience to build a paper trail to guaranteed victory in court.


You have to hunt the evidence the criminals have hidden, then generally you have to wait for the last mistake your criminal will ever make.


Then, as a further step back, think about the questions you just asked there: There's sooooo many. Are they separate crimes or altogether?


Step back until you see the picture clearly. With your documentary evidence to back you, you present a clear case to court.


As a further aside, how many judges have been corrupted?


Oh, this is a deep swamp, ain't it?

Arrow4Truth's picture

Your comment appears to contain a well-thought preponderance. I would suggest clarification of what you mean by "court." In doing so, would point out that the key statement you made is, "how many judges have been corrupted?" The answer is all of them. Many not intentionally perhaps, but such that the court system is corrupt at it's core, their intention is sound but they are all complicit in the injustice. After all, most of them are card carrying members of the same union, the BAR. All that you enumerated is valid since the facts must be built into a case to present to a court of law, but simultaneously to the court of public opinion. The courts are nothing more than administrative so for the effort to have meaning it must be reinforced by the court of public opinion. If you can pack a court room with informed men/women on about any subject matter, and the judge will be on his best behavior, so to speak. It's nothing more than the same psyop they use on you for a so-called traffic citation (the SCOTUS has ruled that such nonsense is unlawful, yet the ignorant populace continues to tithe to the church of state)... it's nothing more than control through fear. The art of controlling the outcome through a display of strength.   

hardmedicine's picture

""I think his biggest problem is when we said "Lock her up" WE really meant "Lock her up".   We are tired of gov't officials not being bound by the law.   Why is Comey still in place?   WHy isn't Hillary under investigation?   Why is Kushner in place and Bannon on the way out?   Why aren't Holder, Lois Lerner, the new head of the IRS, Rice, all facing charges?"


Seriously, the RULE OF LAW, is the only thing that set us apart from other dictatorships and failed states like Mexico.  If you don't have the rule of law, if the powerful can do as they please with impunity then you do not have a country where you can be free and conduct business.  The time to get really mad and seriously do something about this issue is PAST!!!



thebigunit's picture

Yep! Yep! Yep!

Don't forget the promises he has/is and hopefully continue to keep...

Grade: A  Subject: Deportation of Criminal Illegals.

Grade: A  Subject: Supreme Court Nominee

Grade: A  Subject: Global Climate Change

My number one issue was nuking the global warming crime syndicate.

A double plus good!

StagStopa's picture

Fireb: thank you. He's a consummate con artist and a fucking game show host. 

His con on the sheep says a lot more about us, than a reflection of his acumen.

Usa is fucked, and it should be. We earned it. 


new game's picture

2 party tyranny rocks and rolls on fucking the middle class. name one gov,org action that has put a fuking dime or dolla of my hard earned wages back in my pocket in exchange for less government. nadda. gonna be a quasi flip floppen fuked up 4 years of head not attached to body of mind body and spirt shit goin on in dc and the world at large. just one look and hearing russian gov officials speak and articulate thoughts compared to slick willy, bushe wacked, liar in charge and humpty trumpty says the whole story.

sad fuken reality has overwelmed me as a citizen of this country...

Arrow4Truth's picture

Then stop your volunatry servitude. Stop tithing to the church of state and financing their criminal behavior. Only 2 ways to stop this shit. One is violent revolution, the other is choke it financially. Wake... the fuck... up.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

FireBrander .... i am personally very glad you spoke up

I previously worked for a very large company for over 30 years and we used tools called scorecards.

President TRUMP needs a scorecard.

I am taking the position that America has just come out of 28 years of presidents whose actions hurt the republic in a big way.

People need to have some patience. I have FAITH that this will work out.

Freddie's picture

28  years of Neocons.  If Trump aka Pres. JAred Kushner keeps pushing Syria then he is just another NeoCon

dirtscratcher's picture

Add to the list: Not putting Hillary in jail. I REALLY wanted that one.

Freddie's picture

Jared and Ivanka good buddies with Chelsea and the Clintons.

Jared and his family do business with Soros.

FireBrander's picture

Still better than Hillary; even if he puts Clinton in his cabinet, he's still better than Hillary...

beemasters's picture

Better liar, you mean? I agree. Hillary's are too easy to tell. Trump gets you craving for more lies.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Tune in next week. Same bat time, same bat place. What a circus... with a clown in charge.

Laddie's picture

Croesus, I felt the same wayl However we have to accept that we were played. Now I had said on ZH years ago that the Tribe would NOT permit us to vote our way out of this. Yet I was as excited as everyone else was, save for a few skeptics.

Trump Importing Syrian ISIS “Refugees” at a Faster Rate Than Obama
"I am not surprised that Trump is making America brown.

Once he cucked on foreign policy I knew he would open the borders to the turd world and betray us for his Jewish masters.

We have no one now.

We are alone."

Advisor in 2012 Email to Secretary Clinton: “Al-Queda is on Our Side in Syria”
"I’m thinking that since he decided not to lock her up or even open any type of investigation into Madam Clinton, Trump might be able to hire her a Secretary of State."

Time to #DrainTheSwamp of Jewish Subversives, Mr. President Starting with Jared Kushner & Cohn April 12, 2017 AUDIO

COHN RISING AT WHITE HOUSE Washington Post April 13, 2017

Some good posts by commenters here:
So ObamaCare still in place (w/ the phoniest of “fights” to repeal it having failed) is nothing?
WSJ / FT did several analysis on Trumps “revised” NAFTA: “NAFTA stays but w/ a few cosmetic tweaks” for show.
TPP? That got even worse, but its renamed TISP. Tump got rid of it by hiding under new name; its now even more alarming than the original version
Trump just SIGNED away the biggest internet/ freedom rights in decades when he let them sell off our google searches. The bite from that outrage hasnt even begun yet.
Since inauguration, Trump has verbally attacked & threatened Russia. This hit on Syria was a direct VIOLATION of his prime promise- and its just the start. Hilary and fake news was first to applaud Trumps betrayal. Dont be suckers, my friends. Trump took you for fools by your not heeding the red flags during his bombast-stoked campaign; dont continue to be suckered by ignoring them now that he is in. You owe NO loyalty to FRAUD, and that is what this pos is.
--Kol Nidre

English Translation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "200 Years Together" by Dr Kevin MacDonald

200 Years Together: Chapter 9 — And Some Mysterious Search Engine Results

Now, I can get a result for chapter 3 about result #15. Dr. MacDonald’s post doesn’t appear still. There’s no results returned from Google for the blog at all. This flies in the face of everything I understand about Internet marketing.

My only conclusion here is that the blog is being removed from search engine results and actively censored. I figured the blog would get taken down at some point, but I didn’t think it would get removed from search engine results. I’m not surprised given what chapters like #8 and this week’s, #9, are discussing.

If the blog gets removed, I’ll make another one. These chapters will be published on torrent sites when we’re done. This content isn’t going anywhere. People need to understand that what we are living through now has happened already elsewhere and we need to wake up.

Downloadable pdfs for the CENSORED chapters of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's two-volume work on the history of Russian-Jewish relations (Two Hundred Years Together by Kevin MacDonald PhD

Tugg McFancy's picture

People need to accept there was only one success for Trump - getting elected.

It was his life's crowning glory. He had no interest in the rest.


Arrow4Truth's picture

Suppose that'll be dashed on the rocks when he gets impeached?

junction's picture

Donald Trump is insane.  Great performances at campaign rallies but a total muppet now, a POS liar who behaves like the piano player in a whore house who says he doesn't know what is going on upstairs.  Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican political cabal in the United States must know that Trump's behavior is "Custerism".  They have to be aghast at the secret polling they have showing the extreme hatred Trump's racist and incompetent policies are engendering in large swathes of the electorate.  If the New York City Fire Department's arson squad was not filled with corrupt fire fighters, Jared Kushner would already have been charged with hiring torches to clear out tenants in his buildings.  Mayor DeBlasio will keep silent, he belongs in prison for aiding and abetting his pal Capalino's emptying out the Rivington Street nursing home, scoring a $70 million payoff from Chinese Triad investors.