What Trump Promised


As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Virginia families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.

He promised to lower drug prices and give Virginians great health care, including protecting people with pre-existing conditions. He claimed he’d increase wages.

Here’s the Reality


He’s siding with insurance companies to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, backing a lawsuit to repeal them and promising full repeal after the next election. He’s siding with drug companies as drug prices soar. And he passed a tax bill that gave almost all the benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, that rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas.


Trump’s Broken Promise

“Those with pre-existing conditions will always get the quality coverage they need."

Donald Trump in Roanoke, Virginia, September 24, 2016

The Reality

Trump launched an all-out attack on our health care by trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.


Trump’s Broken Promise

"I will be the greatest jobs President that God ever created...our poorer citizens will get new jobs and higher pay and new hope for their life."

Donald Trump, October 5, 2016

The Reality

Trump’s economic policies are delivering huge giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of Virginia families.


Trump’s Broken Promise

“No one will gain more from tax cuts than low and middle-income Americans.”

Donald Trump, August 8, 2016

The Reality

Most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut goes to corporations and the rich. Many Virginia families are getting stuck with the bill.


Trump's Broken Promise

“I’m going to authorize $1 trillion in new public-private infrastructure. That is going to be so important.”

Donald Trump, October 24, 2016

The Reality

  • A year’s worth of Trump’s tax cuts for the top 1% of Virginia earners$2.5 billioncould pay for more than half of the resurfacing needs in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads metropolitan areas.
  • Trump proposed an infrastructure plan that actually cut federal funding and encouraged the privatization of public infrastructure and the expansion of highway tolls.


Trump's Broken Promise

“We're also going to bring down the cost of college. Universities get massive federal funds, and huge tax breaks for their endowments, but then they don't spend those funds or those endowments on their students. I will work with Congress to make sure these special federal benefits are not available unless universities begin to reduce tuition and student debt.”

Donald Trump in Roanoke, VA, September 24, 2016

The Reality

  • In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
  • 517,000 people in Virginia owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 50.7% of all borrowers, and 42.8% are over the age of 35.
  • Despite Trump’s promises to fix it, the Trump administration has made things harder, and actually tried to cap the amount of loans borrowers can take out, and shrink the number of repayment plans available to them.