An amateur country singer, who sold the equipment for his construction business so that he could follow President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, attended at least 45 rallies, played Trump songs on his guitar and asked people to vote for the GOP nominee by handing out CDs, now feels betrayed by the man he once idolized and voted for.
Kraig Moss lost his 24-year-old son, Rob Moss, in 2014 to a heroin overdose. At the time, Trump’s promise to provide help for people facing drug addiction was what encouraged Moss to support him.
His continuous presence on the campaign trail even earned him the title of “Trump Troubadour” and “the voice of unheard America.”
During one of his rallies in Iowa last year, the then-Republican nominee even reached out to an emotional Moss, singling him out in the crowd.
“I know what you went through. And he's a great father. I can see it. And your son is proud of you,” Trump told him. “Your son is proud of you. I'll bet he was a great boy.”
However, only two months in to the Trump presidency and Moss is already realizing he has been deceived.
“I’m not on the Trump trail anymore, and I’ve lost my heart,” he told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen in an interview.
The reason for his change of heart is Trump’s support of GOP replacement for Affordable Care Act. The proposed American Health Care Act would cut addiction treatment for about 1.3 million people, which is complete opposite to what the former reality TV star vowed.
“I believed everything he said. Now I don’t believe he was true in his word when he was speaking. I think he was looking for votes, to be honest with you,” the former supporter continued. “It’s not at all what Mr. Trump promised everybody he was going to provide for us. I feel that now — anger, I feel hurt inside.”
Moss also called Trumpcare “an absolute betrayal” of what the president represented on the campaign trail and said his son would have been alive if he had health insurance.
He now regrets selling his truck and stop making his mortgage payments in order to shadow the commander-in-chief.
"I did a lot to promote his candidacy," Moss added. "Now, I wish I had never sold my equipment."
The grieving father now hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid and heroin addiction. He has set up a GoFundMe page and recently raised about $3,000 for a local drug treatment center.
Nearly 24 million people are expected to lose their health insurance under Trumpcare.
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