Today, 4/29/17, is the 100th day that the republican President Donald Trump has been ensconced in the White House. Those of us who are non supporters have been despairing to see how the president has reneged on so many of his promises like draining the swamp from those representing Wall Street and special interests; doing away with rules obligating financial advisers to act in the best interests of the retirement accounts’ consumers; rolling back companies’ emission standards regarding toxins and other pollutants; backing the republicans repeal and replace Obamacare plan that was a more expensive and worse product, etc. The list is endless.
What is shocking is that the presidents hardcore supporters which appear to be about 35% of the population are still fully backing him and his agenda. They believe him instead of the facts reported by the mainstream media. His followers are convinced that the media is not treating him fairly and that he is doing his best to live up to all his commitments to them.
In Ohio, there there are two towns where one is inhabited by mostly anti-Trump voters and the other by the president’s loyalists. The author below recently visited both places to report on the people’s current attitudes.
Here is the rest of the story…
On 4/27/17, Ed Pilkingtonin in Warrensville Heights and Chardon, Ohio penned the following article for The Guardian, ” One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days.”
He’s a puppet for rich folk’
We invited residents of Warrensville Heights, who voted Democratic in the presidential election, to tell us the word that came into their minds when they heard the phrase: “Donald Trump’s first 100 days”.
They came up with:
Then we put it to Trump voters in Chardon. They said:
“So what did they mean? Why, for instance, did Kim Williams, 47, an African American woman who works at a loans and lottery company, Cash2Go, in Warrensville Heights, say “stress” when Trump’s 100 days was evoked?”
“I say ‘stress’ down to how he’s handling things for the people,” she said. “Truthfully, I think he’s a puppet for rich folk.”
She checked off Trump’s travel ban for visitors from Muslim-majority countries, his deportations of non-criminal Latino immigrants, and his failed attempt to scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as evidence of his discrimination against minorities and in favour of the wealthy. Then she used a vivid metaphor to describe how she believes the president has been duping the American people. “He offers us with real nice food – steak and fries – but when he comes to give it to you it’s presented on a trashcan lid.”
“By similar measure, why did Ward Lawrence, 81, a white salesman in Chardon, come up with “bold” when given the Trump test? A clue perhaps was that he’d just spent three hours listening to Rush Limbaugh’s rightwing talk radio show.”
“Bold? Look at what he’s done. I think he’s doing what’s best for America … the Keystone pipeline, he threw out Environmental Protection Agency regulations, he told companies not to move jobs out of the country.”
“No worries about climate change? “That’s a fabrication,” he said. “Entirely made up by people who benefit financially from it, starting with Al Gore.”
“Lawrence has no doubt that 97% of Chardon – his figure – would vote for Trump again. “Oh yes, absolutely.” And he, too, has a ripe metaphor for why that should be so. “We suffered for eight years kissing Obama’s ass because he was black. Now Trump says it like it is.”
‘We are the forgotten people’
“Trump expended much of his energy on the campaign trail last year, and a good deal of it since he entered the White House, talking about his devotion to the “forgotten” people. That was barely concealed code for white working-class and middle-class Americans.”
“The strange thing about Ohio is that the equation is reversed. If anyone has been forgotten in these neighboring communities, it is the poor black inhabitants of Warrenville Heights.”
“The area around Jack Racino, a horse racing and gambling casino in the center of the city, has a desolation epitomized by the local mall that has closed and is being razed to rubble. Letters from its welcome sign, Randall Park, lie in great plastic shards in puddles of oily water where a couple of geese paddle forlornly.”
“Life is tough enough for the residents of the “friendly city”, as Warrensville Heights styles itself. Median income for a household is $33,000, compared with $54,000 in white Chardon. Infant mortality rates in Cuyahoga County are 11 deaths per 1,000 live births, twice the national average.”
“Despite such hardship, Trump is proposing to make life worse for the folk of Warrensville Heights. It’s not just his ongoing efforts to scrap the ACA, also known as Obamacare, which would disproportionately impact poor families.”
“He is also attempting in next year’s budget to cut back on meals on wheels services for elderly people, and free transport for them to hospitals. That’s why Gregory Gaines, 49, a building worker whose mother-in-law is dependent on such assistance, thought of the word “horrible” to sum up Trump’s 100 days.”
“Trump’s ethics aren’t right,” he said. “His thinking seems to be to take from those who have not, to give to those who have.”
“But the president says he is on the side of the forgotten people. “Forgotten people?” Gaines guffawed. “We are the forgotten people. I’ve yet to see him do anything for the black community.”
“Kay, 58, who runs a school for hair and nail beauty stylists, chose the word “clown”. She said: “I believe Trump’s so used to being on TV that’s how he’s running the country like a reality show. He says things he knows aren’t true, like the crowd size at his inauguration, but wears a mask that makes him look as though it’s true.”
“Kay said she thought the assault on funding for the women’s health network Planned Parenthood was especially reprehensible. She was derisive also about the senior White House team, namely adviser Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer – “they talk about fake news, but I heard more fake news from them than anybody” – and daughter Ivanka –“could I get a job description?”
“Across the road, Darius Smith, 29, responded to the Trump test with the word “money”. He gave a simple reason: “I think Donald Trump bought his way into the White House.”
“Smith is a gold buyer, which sounds more glamorous than it is. Local residents bring their broken jewelry to him to pawn or sell. A glass showcase in the store is entirely bare, while Smith works at a counter behind iron security bars.”
“Like most others in Warrensville Heights, he voted twice for Obama before backing Clinton in November. So how does he think Donald Trump has done in his first 100 days? “He hasn’t done anything. The travel ban didn’t go through, and that was a horrible idea.”
Link to Article:
One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Donald Trump-4/27/17