Why Do People Support Donald Trump?

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By Abby Lass, Lauren Miller, and Alec Liberman

Over Veteran’s Day weekend, seven students from Denebola participated in the National Scholastic Press Assocation’s Fall 2016 Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Several of these students took advantage of the diverse geographical background of the those present and used this opportunity to interview people who either voted for or supported Donald Trump as a candidate for America’s next present. Below are their answers.

Andrew, Massachusetts

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“For me, I think that Hillary was very corrupt. We needed to get somebody from the outside and that’s what he was. He focuses a lot on America first and securing our nation in multiple ways— immigration, terrorism— and bringing jobs back. Just putting America first and fixing things that have been broken or set back, that’s just what I was hoping he’d do and hopefully what he will do when he becomes president.”

Chase, Illinois

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“I didn’t get to vote this year but I was rooting for Trump. I’m conservative, I’m a Christian, and so that’s one reason I’d vote for Donald Trump. There’s a lot of things I didn’t agree with from Hillary from a Christian standpoint— mainly things like abortion and stuff like that. I don’t think either candidate was really, really, really good, but I was leaning towards Trump because, like I said, because of my Christian views.”

Shiva, Indiana

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“I supported Trump because he was new to the game. He had a lot of good policies in mind and a lot of the things he’s said about being stronger economically as well as a foreign power is true. In the past eight years we’ve been relegated to the bottom of the pack. Respect-wise, not many nations respect us. Not many nations take us seriously anymore. We’ve also let loose a lot of foreign conflict. We have the power— the UN and other countries— to make change, but we’ve been passive with that and Trump wants to make that change. There’s a lot of other factors involved— I’m not a big Hillary fan. I’d rather have Trump, who’s a newcomer to the whole political climate, than Hillary Clinton, who’s been there for 30 years. She’s been kind of manipulative in the background. Yes, some of her policies I agree with, but I have to go with Donald Trump. I’m bothered by [his comments concerning women and minorities]— I don’t agree with everything he says, and that’s an important distinction. You know, the things he’s said in the past may reflect something about his behavior or his personality, but I think know… He’s not truly a Republican. I don’t agree with some of the things he says, but I think that as a country he is what we need to get us on the up and up again.”

Jacob, Missouri

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“I went with Donald Trump mainly for some change. He’s got his pros and he’s got his cons and unfortunately I feel like he’s 50/50 there, but for the Second Amendment rights a few things need to be changed, and for the healthcare industry– it’s way too strong and one-sided. I’m not sure if getting rid of the Affordable Healthcare Act will be a pro or a con and it’s definitely going t be a challenge there, but the act of individual liberties… I know he has said things during the past, during his speeches and things like that. He is temperamental, but overall I do believe that he’s going to stand up for that LGBQT [sic] rights, he’s held up the flag… I don’t know, he’s going to be more of a moderate president than a conservative.”

Luke, Massachusetts

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“Donald Trump… he’s a fresh face in the political game. He’s new. He doesn’t have any ties with politicians. He get’s a lot of bad rep from the media, obviously— you have major news organizations like CNN, MSNBC, and 60 Minutes who are extremely biased and just use cut pieces, and I thought that was kind of unfair. As a kid who grew up in a city, I saw kids getting bullied… I don’t like when that happens to anybody. In terms of his policy, yeah, I don’t agree with everything he says, with stuff that Pence says, but I think that overall, he’s a change and what we haven’t had in the past eight years is change. That’s what Obama ran on. So, I feel like, try it out, see what happens. Obviously he’s said some terrible things, things that I would never repeat, but we hear those in soundbites, and a lot of those soundbites were produced by CNN, by NBC, by primarily liberal networks and, in my opinion, he’s been taken entirely out of context on some of those. He might have been saying ‘A’, but the media made it sound like he was saying ‘B’, so we have to take that into consideration… I voted entirely Democratic down ballot, like I did in the primary. I actually supported Bernie Sanders in the primary because I really just want change. That’s what we need. I was actually on the fence a lot of the time. I went to both Hillary rallies and Trump rallies. I wanted to get the whole picture— I’m a journalist, that’s what we want to do. I have a twin brother. He lives in Cleveland, goes to prep school there. We went to a meeting with blue collar people— you know Somerville is a really blue-collar community, or it used to be, and we were talking to factory workers. There’s a factory in Cleveland with tens of thousands of employees and they all got laid off within the last year because their company exported over to China. Now you have people in primarily lower-income communities who have lost their jobs and that means kids are going to be taken out of school to go support their families because their parents can’t do any work. This can lead to a life of crime and I’m not trying to sound like a slippery slope, but if he’s going to try and help those low-income families— and it’s primarily immigrants and minorities who are working in these factories— I think that’s what we need to do. We need to help everyone out in this country, give everyone a fair chance, and I think that’s what he’s going to do and I think he’s going to do a good job with that.”

Karrie, Missouri

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“I think it was more about my beliefs with the supreme justice and what’s going to be happening many, many, many years down the road– past the next four years. I didn’t identify with his personality as much as I did with his beliefs— Second Amendment, smaller government. I think we were just ready for a change. Over the last eight years, I think we were just ready for a change and I felt like that was probably going to be the best of the two alternatives.”

 

Ben, Massachusetts

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“I personally just thought he seems to be more prepared to put America first and stuff like that. He truly stands behind it and is going to stand behind it and he’s just ready to put us first.”

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