Trump promised disruption. That’s exactly what he’s delivering.
My point is only this: Trump is governing almost exactly how he said he would during a campaign that he won. No one should be surprised.
I don’t think people are surprised Trump wants to do these things. I think they’re a little surprised he’s just going ahead and doing them despite earning only the most technical kind of electoral victory, and not only lacking a real mandate, but actually becoming President with three million fewer votes than his opponent. So while he was clear about what he wanted to do, I think there’s some surprise he really thinks it’s the right time, as President of the entire country, to do any of it, particularly in this manner.
The rest of the reaction isn’t surprise at all. It’s just dissent, and its intensity is simply matching the intensity of the actions it’s opposing. Most people hate these policies, and they’re going to stand up and make noise about it.