By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – I spent some time Wednesday talking with some very nice people in Billerica, one of 91 communities in Massachusetts that voted for Donald Trump last fall, for a series of special reports on how local voters view this president that will air on WBZ-TV starting next Monday.

It was a close call in Billerica – he won by 219 votes out of more than 20,000 cast. And the Hillary Clinton supporters we met were pretty adamant about their disgust for what they’ve seen from this White House.

But what really struck me were the thoughtful responses of the Trump voters we met, a sharp contrast with the stereotype peddled by some of a Trump cult for whom their leader can do no wrong.

The Trump supporters we spoke with readily shared their concerns with the first 100 days.

Several were worried about all the saber-rattling over North Korea.

Others had stylistic criticisms, urging Trump to slow down and do his reforms properly, and stop needlessly antagonizing others.

Most would prefer that he quit tweeting altogether.

But for the most part, they remain supportive. They told me they voted for attention to economic growth through deregulation and tax cuts, and that’s what they’re getting.

These local Trump voters are watching, not uncritically, but waiting to see how it goes. They will render their ultimate verdict not based on the daily media hysteria but on long-term results.

These are reasonable people.

They deserve a reasonable leader who can adapt, grow, and succeed.

Now it’s up to Mr. Trump to deliver.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Comments (4)
  1. Had you been reading the comments, Jon, in the NY Times on any article that had “Trump” as a key element of the piece, you would have understood the dichotomy existing in the interested populace.

    On the one hand, there is visceral hatred coupled with the ad hominem and insult.and supported by false premises and illogical conclusions.

    On the other hand, there is a wait-and-see attitude where the need for more information is expounded.

    I am sure, Jon, you can enlighten us as to which political stripe is represented by the two approaches.

  2. Thoughtful Trump voters? Did you interview both of them?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s