1. He has no plans to prosecute Hillary Clinton
A major focus of the contentious election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the controversy around Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State - with Donald Trump repeatedly promising to prosecute Clinton once he was elected President (forgetting the fact that the President doesn't decide who the Department of Justice does and does not prosecute) and leading chants of "LOCK HER UP!" at rallies.
Lo and behold, Trump won the presidency! And as for his plans to prosecute Clinton for her private email server?
Trump is pressed if he has definitively ruled out prosecuting Hillary Clinton. "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about."-- Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."-- Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
2/2 "I think I will explain it that we in many ways will save our country."-- Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Haha, pretty good troll by ol' President-Elect Trump there, riling up his supporters into a fervor of anger at someone and repeatedly claiming he would put her in jail (even directly to her face during one of the debates) and then totally going "lol wut nah not gonna do that." Classic Trump-Troll.
2. He's not gonna build a wall (or get Mexico to pay for it)
Donald Trump's presidential bid was largely launched with his promise to finally build an enormous wall along the southern border of the United States, in an effort to curb unlawful immigration from Mexico. The anti-immigration stance he took soon became the cornerstone of his campaign, with consistent and repeated claims that not only would America build a "big beautiful wall", but that Mexico would pay the enormous cost of such a structure.
Trump supporters were led to believe this would be a day one priority - and it was a frequent battlecry at Trump's own rallies.
Except...NOT! Wow, Trump really pranked his supporters good with that one! He and his aides have since backpedaled HARD on the idea of a continuous wall spanning the entirety of the southern border, with statements saying that:
- A continuous wall wouldn't be necessary, due to mountains and rivers
- It'll probably just be a fence in some areas
- The entire idea of getting Mexico to pay for it was just a "campaign device" that had no bearing on what he was actually planning
- It's just a 'virtual wall,' primarily focusing on e-Verify
Wow, what a funny troll! Good one, Mr. President-Elect!
Sounds like the big sell-out is coming. Oh well. The voters did what we could. If Trump sells out, it's not our fault. https://t.co/tdMpAuDaRI-- Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 2, 2016
3. He's not gonna "repeal and replace" Obamacare
One of Trump's (and the entirety of the GOP) biggest platform pushes of the campaign was the need to "repeal and replace" Obamacare as soon as possible (referring to the Affordable Care Act). Trump talked about it repeatedly during the campaign - at rallies, at press conferences, on talk shows, and during the debates. He was 100% clear: on his FIRST DAY in office, he work to repeal and replace Obamacare in its entirety.
That was just Trump pullin' one of his trademark pranks on all of his supporters - see, after a single conversation with Obama post-election, Trump's tune changed pretttttttty completely, to the point where he went from "Obamacare is the devil and getting rid of it completely is my number one priority" to "well, mayyybe we'll just amend it a little."
Since Trump's statements about "amending" Obamacare, other Republicans have come forward re-establishing that they do intend to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but are now mum on the topic of REPLACING it. The realization that the more popular aspects of Obamacare (like the elimination of pre-existing conditions and expansions in Medicaid) would be very difficult to replace without the overall provisions of the ACA have led many to say it would take "several years" instead of being a simple day one operation, if it happens at all!
LOL - nice troll from the future leader of the free world!
4. He's not gonna "drain the swamp"
Well, beyond the fact that there is no actual swamp to drain, Trump has no plans to even metaphorically drain the swamp ("the swamp" being Washington DC, which was appropriately built on swamplands). His transition team, advisors, and cabinet are chock full of long-term Washington insiders, lobbyists, and even people who did the same stuff that Trump threatened to jail Hillary Clinton over, including:
Reince Priebus, the head of the RNC, as Trump's Chief-of-Staff
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had an unauthorized internet connection in his office at the Pentagon, as Trump's national security adviser
Sen. Jeff Sessions, a long-term senator from Alabama who enthusiastically supported the Iraq War and was recently one of only three Republican senators to vote AGAINST additional funding for the Veterans Affairs medical funding, as Trump's Attorney General
Betsy DeVos, former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and billionaire, as Trump's Secretary of Education (after he reportedly offered the gig to famed creationist Jerry Falwell Jr.)
- Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, and potentially Gary Cohn - all former (or current) Goldman Sachs employees who now have official roles or are up for major positions.
A slew of individuals being considered for Secretary of State, including Mitt Romney, Gen. David Patraeus (who was forced to resign from the CIA in 2012 for sharing classified information via unencrypted email with his mistress), and more.
The point is, Trump's cabinet is looking pretty expected for a Republican president - in that it's full of very familiar names and faces from around Washington DC, not a cast of outsiders that was promised. It's mostly career politicians and lobbyists filling out the ranks. Epic troll!
So far he's not draining the swamp. It's a cabinet full of wealthy insiders.-- Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 1, 2016
Come on Donald. It wasn't a corny phrase. It got you elected
5. He's not gonna "make America great again"
Look, he's already dumped the hat! Wow, President-Elect for about a month and he's already trolled the hell out of everyone who bought his OLD red hat.
Also, he's claiming the election he won was fraudulent based on a conspiracy theory started by a random guy's tweet, looking to defund NASA's climate research, has an insane level of conflicts of interest with regards to his private businesses, throwing decades of international diplomacy out the window, and - juuust a reminder - still hasn't released any of his tax returns.
Trump, ya trolled 'em good!