Wesley Easterling lives in a Kentucky county that that has one of the highest poverty rates in the United States.
The County generally votes Democrat, but in 2016, they voted for Trump. Easterling voted along with them.
Now, he regrets that decision. Easterling uses both food stamps and Medicaid, two programs that Trump is planning to dismantle with his new budget plan. Howerver, that’s not the actions of the candidate Easterling voted for.
He believed Trump when he promised never to touch Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Because of Trump’s lies, Easterling and his family are afraid that they will lose benefits that keep them alive.
“I mean, I felt just like I was — just like he played me for a fool,” Easterling lamented. “I mean, I kind of took it personal.” He says that if he could vote again, he’d choose Hillary Clinton “without a doubt.”
Easterling isn’t the only rural American who is going to suffer. Counties like Easterling’s are already struggling to keep their schools open. And because of a drought, farmers and ranchers are fighting to make ends meet.
Yet when asked about the cuts to the programs that help people in these areas survive, one of Easterling’s neighbors said “tough luck.”
Even Sen. Pat Roberts (R—KS) is frustrated with Trump’s cuts, despite being a hard conservative.
“I won’t say it’s not going to happen, but remember that I don’t think Congress has paid much attention to the president’s budget ever since Reagan, and they usually come in the transom, and we simply throw ’em back out,” Roberts said. “Those programs have been very good programs. We’re going to keep those.”
“I’m not saying not to be concerned, but I’m saying, ‘Hey, be a partner, and if there are some kind of savings you can come up with, let us know,” he continued. “We’ll protect the program, but let us know (how you can help).’”
Many of Trump’s supporters are going to suffer because of his budget. Easterling wasn’t the only one played for a fool.