In October, CNN did a special on two Ohio women who intended to vote for President Donald Trump instead of Sec. Hillary Clinton because in the words of one of them, Mrs. Clinton was “conniving“.
Sixth months later, one of the women, Krista Shockey, is shocked to learn that the President intends to make massive cuts to Social Security disability and food stamps, two government programs that she depends on to survive.
“It’s my only income. I couldn’t live. There’s no way I could go back to work. I’ve got a lot of problems. I’m crippled in my feet, knees, back, hands,” said Ms. Shockey.
CNN Money also followed up on Trump supporters in America’s “poorest town”, Beattyville, Kentucky. Beattyville has received a lot of media attention due to its endemic poverty that seems to symbolize the hopeless of American’s rust belt.
In 2016, Beattyville voted overwhelmingly for the President.
One of its residents, Barbara Puckett, has been on Social Security disability since the 1990’s due to multiple sclerosis. When asked how she felt about Mr. Trump’s supposed cuts, “I am still happy with President Trump.”
The President’s budget calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade, a 21% budget reduction for the USDA (they administer SNAP), and $70 Billion from SSDI over the next decade among other draconian cuts as well.