After pulling off a major upset by defeating Hillary Clinton just over two weeks ago in #Election 2016, #Donald Trump is finally opening up about where he plans to take the country moving forward. While Trump rode the momentum of white working class voters, many might end up regretting their decision to support the new president-elect.
Trump pay cut
Over the course of his entire campaign, Donald Trump promised a lot of things. From building a Mexican-paid border wall and mass deportation of all 11 million illegal immigrants, to the full repeal of Obamacare, and even the end of the Islamic State (ISIS), the billionaire real estate mogul made his case to the American people and it was enough to be elected as the new president. Earlier this week, Trump released his "Contract with the American Voter," listing his top priorities for his first 100 days in the White House. As reported by NPR on November 23, the second item on that list is expected to lead to a #pay cut for up to 20 million Americans.
Trump Wants A Federal Hiring Freeze, But It May Not Save Money https://t.co/bgYcPFEt4H— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 21, 2016
With the exception of those working in public health and public safety positions, Trump is set to order a mass hiring freeze for all federal workers. In addition to the federal hiring freeze, Trump is also targeting the repeal of an overtime rule that was signed into law by President Obama. The law mandates that all employees making less than $47,000 a year be paid time and half for their additional work. The law is set to go in effect on December 1, but if the new president-elect gets his way, it won't on the books for too long and the workers will then receive a pay cut.
Barack Obama's overtime pay rule faces uncertain future under Donald Trump administration https://t.co/jqZR3RtxPj— Mic (@mic) November 22, 2016
Trump voter dilemma
Addressing the pay cut issue was the CEO of TargetSmart, Tom Bonier, who elaborated further on the issue on his offical Twitter account. "Trump/GOP members of Congress can't wait to rob working Americans. Is this what they voted for?," Bonier tweeted. After examining the exit polls from this month's election, Bonier revealed an ironic detail about those who helped put the former host of "The Apprentice" into the White House.
"Based on exit polls, almost 20,000,000 Trump voters would lose time and a half overtime under this change," Bonier concluded. According to the exit polls, about 40 percent of Donald Trump supporters earn less than $47,000 per year, putting them in the category of receiving a pay cut if Trump is successful in repealing Obama's overtime rule.
Regardless of his views about the working class, Donald Trump was able to convince enough of them to help him get into the White House. Trump is currently working with his transition team to finalize his administration and cabinet, and will be sworn into office on January 20.