Supporters of Donald Trump are incredibly upset by his decision not to pursue criminal charges against opponent Hillary Clinton, one of the key promises of his electoral campaign.
Trump’s claims of locking Clinton up once elected were among the most effective at galvanizing his supporters during his many rallies.
It seems the masses of people who were chanting “Lock her up” will be left disappointed at this sudden change. In an interview with The New York Times, Trump indicated that he would not be pursuing a criminal investigation against Clinton or the Clinton Foundation for the former secretary of State’s use of a private email server.
The president’s ability to direct law enforcement investigations are limited — certainly not nearly as potent as many of Trump’s supporters were led to believe.
“It is dangerous to let people think the President decides who gets prosecuted in our criminal justice system,” said Jon Favreau, a speechwriter for President Obama.
The soon-to-be President of the United States ran a campaign built on distorting the truth and making extraordinarily outlandish promises, most of which he doesn’t seem too inclined on keeping.
Reactions from the President-Elect’s supporters have been a mix of anger and disappointment.
Since being declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump has softened his views on climate change, refused to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton, decided against repealing Obamacare, and walked-back his deportation promises, much to the chagrin of his supporters.
During the same interview with the Times, Trump said he will be keeping an open mind on climate change, a jarring change from his previous position of vowing to “cancel” the Paris Climate agreement, and his 2012 tweet saying global warming “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Just a few days after being elected, Trump also said he would be keeping the “most popular” parts of Obamacare, which he previously called a “complete disaster,” including ensuring people with pre-existing conditions remained covered, and keeping children on their parents plans until they are 26.
This is again a radical change from his campaign rhetoric, where he would regularly call for a complete repeal of Obamacare, in all its aspects.
“Obamacare has led to higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality,” said Trump during a campaign rally.
He said he changed his mind after meeting with current president Barack Obama.
Additionally, in a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Trump mentioned he will only be deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate. But we’re getting them out of our country,” he said.
He has also said that his promised “big, beautiful wall” spanning the southern border of the U.S. and separating it from Mexico, will take on the form of a “fence” in certain areas.
It seems most of Trump’s major promises were in fact campaign rhetoric, aimed solely at firing up his base of supporters, and not indicators of actual policy objectives.