Few things upset the Democrats more than President Trump keeping his campaign promises. This is heresy for official Washington.
After all, it makes other politicians look bad in comparison. Worse, the public might get the idea that politicians should be held accountable for the positions they stake out and the promises they make during their campaigns. What a terrifying thought. When viewed in comparison with a federal budget that is so large as to be incomprehensible, the amount is insignificant. But the act is not. What we’re referring to is President Trump donating his paycheck back to the government which he just did.
Recall that during the campaign, Mr. Trump stated that he would not accept the $400,000 per year salary paid to presidents. He just made a down payment on keeping that promise.
The Hill reports: “‘The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,’ Spicer said at Monday’s briefing. Spicer handed a check for $78,333.32 for the National Park Service to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Spicer said the paycheck starts from Jan. 20, when Trump took office, until now.”
His salary, assuming eight years in the White House, would total $3.2 million. That’s not an insignificant sum, even for a billionaire. But the fact that the man is doing what he said he would do is what’s of significance.
This is just the sort of thing that is striking terror and outrage in the hearts of Democrats. They remember very well the things Mr. Trump promised to do when on the campaign trail.
Now that he’s working to fulfill those promises through executive orders, appointments, and legislative initiatives, the left’s worst nightmare is coming true: This guy is actually going to do all that stuff he talked about during the campaign. And they don’t like any of it.
They’ve probably gotten so used to politicians promising whatever is needed to win the election and then doing the opposite, that the idea of holding yourself accountable to the promises you made seems quaint. Sort of like an idea out of a different era – like all those “Honest Abe” or “Washington and the Cherry Tree” stories – not the sort of thing a real politician engages in.
But perhaps that’s where they miscalculated: President Trump is not a real politician. He is a real leader.
Source: The Hill