President Trump’s signing of last week’s $1.3 trillion omnibus bill was “business as usual” in Washington, typical of the one-party ruling class of Republicans and Democrats. It was a triumph of the swamp, a big-government dream come true for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and many in Republican ranks who masquerade as “limited government” conservatives on the campaign trail but vote straight swamp party once they’re ensconced in D.C.
This isn’t what many Trump supporters signed up for in 2016, when we had more than a dozen Republican candidates from which to choose for president. Only Donald Trump really represented a true departure from the norm of Republican politics.
His drain-the-swamp, build-the-wall, not-business-as-usual campaign resonated with the American people. But that went a little sideways on Friday: We didn’t send Trump to D.C. to pass a bill “Jeb” would have happily signed.