Donald Trump; John Bolton (AP/Carolyn Kaster/Getty/Alex Wong)

Betrayed on Bolton and the budget, the far-right starts to turn on Trump

Trump's most devoted fans think he's betrayed them now


Matthew Sheffield
March 26, 2018 6:02PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump's most ardent far-right fans are in a rage against him, alleging the he's betrayed them in two major ways: first by appointing former Iraq war booster John Bolton to head the National Security Council and second by signing a federal budget deal that increases spending while also not providing any funding for his long-promised border wall with Mexico.

Perhaps anticipating the anger of right-wing elites, in a public signing ceremony for the bill on Friday, Trump repeatedly claimed that he was "forced" into signing it and said he would not sign similar legislation in the future.

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"There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were, in a sense, forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have," he said. "There are some things we should have in the bill. But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old."

"This budget is a slap in the face," radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Friday afternoon. "This budget is designed to separate Trump voters from Trump. This budget is designed to make Trump voters think Trump's presidency is irrelevant. ... It's so obvious what this is. This is the Washington establishment doing everything they can to destroy Donald Trump and to block his agenda."

Actor James Woods got profane in expressing his hatred for Republicans:

Several other far-right figures claimed that Trump's willingness to sign the bill without getting border funding or spending cuts would doom Republicans' chances in the fall elections.

“I am concerned to my soul that this could be the last straw that caused all those people that worked to get majorities for Republicans,” Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert groused to Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes.

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“If they don’t come out and vote, we lose the majority,  the first order of business, is impeaching President Donald Trump in the House,” Gohmert said.  “There’s no doubt in my mind, that if they get the majority, they will impeach.”

White nationalist columnist Ann Coulter, author of a book called In Trump We Trust, also claimed the budget deal would ensure the president's impeachment.

Others on the far right claimed that Democrats were effectively already running Congress, including former Wisconsin sheriff and anti-Muslim activist, David Clarke:

The Bolton appointment also proved enraging to many Trump supporters, most of whom are bitterly opposed to the militaristic foreign policy that the former United Nations ambassador has advocated for decades. But others supported Trump for giving Bolton the nod.

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Conspiracy radio host and penis pill salesman Alex Jones tried his best to shill for Trump, even though he admitted during his Friday program he is not a fan of Bolton because "he still pushes the failed Iraq war and other things like that."

But Bolton's past advocacy for bombing Iran, North Korea, Syria, and elsewhere should not perturb people who want a less unilateralist foreign policy, Jones said. "For me, it's a side-issue. I'm not worried about it. Because you're going to get Donald Trump's policies, what we elected him for, not Bolton's," he said.

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"But the word is on Bolton, he knows all the connections, he knows all the players in the State Department, in the UN, in the Pentagon, and that he will be an apparatchik or a tool, an effective munchkin, to use his words, to carry out the policies that the president wants carried out. And that he won't sit there and leak information like McMaster did as a final attack."

Jones' fans were not persuaded by his efforts to sell the Bolton pick.

"Lol Alex trying to spin the bad news. NO Alex, ur the tool if u really think John Bolton is good," one of his YouTube fans wrote.

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Another commenter joined in the ridicule: "Alex, is swiveling in his chair to spin this one!  What 😦 a joke."


Matthew Sheffield

A writer, web developer, and former tv producer, Matthew Sheffield covers politics, media, and technology for Salon. You can email him via m.sheffield@salon.com or follow him on Twitter.

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