Regretful Trump supporters collated in student Twitter account

@Trump_Regrets account from Canadian university student gains more than 200,000 followers

February 7, 2017
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A Twitter account created by a Canadian university student to collate comments from disillusioned Donald Trump voters has amassed more than 200,000 followers.

The @Trump_Regrets account, created by Erica Baguma, a social anthropology student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, retweets posts from Americans who regret voting for the US president.

Ms Baguma told CBC News that she started the account after Mr Trump announced that he had no intention of pressing for an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, two weeks after being elected in November last year.

“I was really curious to see what his followers thought of that since 'Lock her up!' was such a big campaign chant and pledge,” she said.

She added that the biggest complaint from his voters is that “he’s not acting presidential”.

"His tweeting is embarrassing his followers. They can't really defend him. They all thought he would start being more professional after the election,” she said.

 

 

Many of his previous supporters also regretted their vote following his executive order banning visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

 

 

 

Ms Baguma said the account has helped her understand that the population that voted for him is “a lot more diverse than I expected” and that a lot of his supporters “really had good intentions”.

"A lot of them were really naive and sort of thought all of the racism and misogyny was just bluster, but really he wanted what was best for the American people,” she said.

“A lot of them really didn't educate themselves on all of his positions and were sort of single-issue voters, like against Obamacare, and stuff like that."

ellie.bothwell@tesglobal.com

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