CNN hosted a panel of Trump voters to gauge how they feel about their choice eight months into his presidency and virtually all of them expressed disappointment.
Three of the five Trump voters told host Alisyn Camerota they “regret” voting for Trump.
Not a single one of the voters said they supported Trump’s attack on black NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem.
“I think that these players have the First Amendment right to kneel during the anthem,” Trump voter Payton Isner told Camerota, adding that “there are so many other things we could be talking about like the hurricane in Puerto Rico.”
Mark O’Brien, who lives near Charlottesville, added that he was confused why Trump couldn’t call “the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists, why couldn’t he call them ‘sons of b*tches.’”
“That’s a huge concern of mine,” O’Brien said. “What is really going on in that man’s mind?”
Jordan Jacquay noted that the rise in protests in the NFL on Sunday was directly because of Trump’s attack.
Jacquay said Trump was being “very unpresidential, using the term ‘son of a b*tch.’”
“I believe if we’re going to continue being the country we are, we have to allow for dissenting opinion,” he said, adding that if you’re going to use the term “son of a b*tch” then “use it in Charlottesville as well.”
“Why is he using harsher words for the NFL players?” Camerota asked.
“I wish I knew,” Isner replied. “It just completely baffles me.”
Camerota noted many believe Trump’s defense of white supremacists and attacks on predominantly black NFL players is “racism.”
Even Kathy Gibson, who remains a staunch Trump supporter, admitted, “I agree,” but added “we use the race card far too often.”
“He could have given a much stronger statement” on Charlottesville, Gibson said, but defended Trump as a “businessman” who is new to politics.
“We’re talking about a businessman, is he?” O’Brien interjected. “He’s not making any deals. He’s pissing people off that he needs votes [from].”
“I voted for him because he was different, because he wasn’t a politician, but I didn’t vote for someone I have great concerns about,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Trump continued to tweet about the NFL for the fifth straight day Tuesday while largely ignoring the devastation in Puerto Rico, his own legislative agenda, and the rising tensions between the US and North Korea.
When Trump finally did chime in about Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico, he seemed to inexplicably focus on the territory’s debt.
“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” Trump tweeted Monday. “It’s [sic] old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well.”
Trump’s Twitter use may be “concerning” to Trump voters, but at least we know where his true priorities lie.