Excerpt From: McClatchy DC. Written By: Anna and William Douglass.
Every Sunday afternoon for the past month, A.P. Dillon, a writer and mom in Cary, N.C., has given her two sons activities to stay busy while she heads for her computer with a spreadsheet that tracks President Donald Trump’s executive orders and actions.
“He’s doing what he said he was going to do,” said Dillon, who voted for Trump. “He’s not like anyone we’ve ever seen before.”
On Tuesday night, when Trump delivers addresses the nation and a joint session of Congress, Dillon will be looking for the president to show America “what’s around the bend” and preview the rest of his first year in office.“What I don’t want to hear are a lot of platitudes,” she said. Instead, she’s hoping Trump will try to show more of how he’ll govern, perhaps focusing on an issue like education, where he could build consensus among Democrats and people who didn’t vote for him.
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She’s hardly alone in her optimism about Trump. McClatchy this week talked to the president’s supporters in the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, voters who helped give the Republican a victory in one of the nation’s most closely-contested swing states.
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They, like Trump backers around the country, remain loyal. A new McClatchy-Marist poll found 78 percent of Republicans are proud of the president and 84 percent said he’s making changes for the better.
Trump’s unique style, and his status as a political outsider, won him fans during the 2016 campaign, and they’re sticking with him.
“This man is a catalyst. … (A voice) for those of us who can’t say that or are not being heard,” said Tony Abbinante of Charlotte. “He’s not the average president.”
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