“Jared and Ivanka were not on the ballot. I did not vote for them. There is a reason we have anti-nepotism rules. President Trump seems to have forgotten the loyal supporters who have been behind him since the early primary days. I feel so very betrayed”.
(Middle-aged lady from Sterling Heights)
President Trump will have to perform a balancing act between the nationalists and the globalists in the White House. The former is supported by the campaign’s base that put Trump in office. The latter appeals to the President for more positive headlines, less contentious policy issues as far as media coverage is concerned. Here in Michigan, Trump voters expressed concern on the recent change in his direction — citing the travel ban, border control, and the power of his relatives as key areas of concern. “We’re watching him carefully. We’re talking about people who have lives to live. Grandchildren to take care of. And we’re watching actions day to day and they’re falling flat. They’re receding from why we put the man there, and it is extremely, it is more than stressful. We’re keeping track, we’re watching it. We do not want to hear about family members having an impact. We voted. We have high expectations for impact”. “I look every day to see if he put that [travel] ban on. I look every day”, Cindy, a local Republican Party activist, said. Frustration emanates from the fact that candidate Trump promised so much on “day one.” His blunt approach during the campaign perhaps lulled supporters into thinking these were literal “day one” promises. Although he swiftly acted on some issues, he has performed a complete 180-degree turn, evidenced this week by his chumminess with NATO’s Secretary General, and a U-turn on replacing Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen. “I feel like it’s gone so far now the wrong way that it’s going to take something magnificent on his part to get people back. We’re fish that are off the hook right now. He only has one small chance to get us hooked again,” Penny, a middle-aged lady from Sterling Heights, told me, adding: