Trump made promises about every five to ten seconds. It didn’t matter what he was talking about, false promises fell from his lips like water tumbling over a cliff. He also made many promises about promises, of the “I promise we’ll keep our promises!” variety. Oh yes, he’s not going to be like every other politician in the world, no. This bit of bullshit most people see through, or at least they should. It seems that Trumpoids actually expect him to make good on all the promises. Silly Trumpoids, promises aren’t for politicians! Or narcissistic, filthy rich despots, either.
Think Progress has put an enormous amount of work into tracking all the promises. They discarded all the vague, general ones, like “I promise to make the country great again”, because that doesn’t actually mean anything. Even limiting themselves to concrete promises, they counted 663 promises to date, and counting. That’s a whole lot of promises. The full article is in-depth, and a very good, if depressing read. This is an ongoing program, naturally, tracking the life of these promises. Most politicians are savvy enough to limit the amount of promises they make; the really smart ones talk more about efforts needed, and possible programs. The savvy and smart do that because they know just how much hot water they can land in for breaking promises, voters tend to be a bit weird in that regard. Perhaps most voters don’t believe the promises, but they’ll still hold a politician’s feet to the fire if they don’t come through. It’s a bit different with Trumpoids, they believe the promises, and they want them kept. It’s going to be interesting, to say the least.
Donald Trump will take the Oath of Office 583 days after he first announced his improbable run for the White House.
Along the way, he made 663 promises (and counting), according to a ThinkProgress analysis of Trump’s public statements that examined well over 4 million words from his media interviews, his policy position papers, and his speeches to supporters, interest groups, and national television audiences.
These promises matter. Trump’s voters expect him to deliver. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pointed out two weeks ago on the Senate floor regarding Trump’s pledge to not cut entitlement programs like Medicare, “This was a central part of his campaign… This is what he asked millions of elderly people and working class people to vote for him on.”
Yet attention spans are shorter than ever, and Trump himself is skilled at distracting attention from policy or scandal with tweets and endless varieties of incendiary remarks. It’s easy to forget what he told voters he would do.
So starting the week after the election, ThinkProgress undertook a two-month research project to document every promise Trump made, from the golden escalator ride to the inauguration. They are housed here in ThinkProgress’ searchable, interactive Trump Promises Database.
I clicked on ‘Promised by Day One’ (sourced quotes not included):
Hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce workforce size.
Instruct Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator on day one.
Stop losing jobs on day one from Florida and nationwide.
Announce plans to renegotiate NAFTA day one.
Pursue requirement that for every new regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated on day one.
Announce withdrawal from TPP on day one.
Direct Commerce Secretary and USTR to identify foreign trading abuses that affect the American worker, and begin ending those abuses immediately, on day one.
Begin cancelling billions in climate change spending for the United Nations on day one.
Lift restrictions on production of fossil fuels on day one.
Lift environmental roadblocks to “energy infrastructure projects” to move forward on day one.
Turn around EPA “killing your companies” and losing jobs on day one.
Propose constitutional amendment for term limits.
Propose ethics reforms on day one to end government corruption.
Pursue a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising campaign dollars on day one.
Pursue five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists on day one.
Pursue lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government on day one.
Ask Congress for bill repealing Obamacare and replacing with “reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability.”
Get all criminal immigrants out.
Get rid of “international gangs of thugs and drug cartels” before anything else, first piece of paper he signs.
Begin moving 2 million “criminal aliens” out of country on day one.
Issue mandate to everyone, including police to get the bad illegal immigrants out of the country in first hour.
Put strong language in first day in office that when illegal immigrants first get caught they get jail time.
All illegal immigrants out day one.
Repeal Obama’s Immigration executive orders.
Ask Congress to pass “Kate’s Law”.
Cancel all federal funding of sanctuary cities on day one.
Ask DoS, DHS, DoJ to comprehensively review terror immigration cases for extreme vetting as soon as he enters office.
Suspend immigration from “terror-prone regions” on day one.
Immediately suspend admission of Syrian refugees.
Begin working on impenetrable physical wall with latest technology on day one.
Build impenetrable physical wall.
Get rid of gun-free zones in schools.
End gun free zones on military bases on the first day.
Issue temporary moratorium on new agency regulations.
Order review of every regulation issued over last 10 years, cancelling “needless” ones.
Cancel every unconstitutional Obama admin executive action, memo, and order on day one.
Unsign executive orders.
Knock out ISIS oil day after he’s president.
As we now know, Donny isn’t going to work on Day one at all, because hey, weekend! Jesus fuck, I thought that list was never going to end. Obviously, it’s incredibly unrealistic, and it goes to show that Trump will say anything at any time, to any one. Lots of words, no thought. Have a wander over to Think Progress for the full story.