According to the mainstream media, there’s outrage in the streets. Corporate news outlets are overwhelmingly focused on the angry protesters that hate our country. They run story after story about violent protests that have taken over airports, injured police officers, and burned cars in the streets.
If the media is to be believed, America doesn’t support President Donald Trump.
But for the average American, that’s not reality. Around the country, Trump remains surprisingly popular.
Trump promised to put “America First” during the campaign, his supporters say, and he’s doing it. That includes securing the nation’s borders and doing everything possible to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. — and it’s resonating with voters.
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, the majority of Americans are on board with the president. Trump is currently enjoying a 53% approval rating among voters. That’s far above the average approval citizens gave former President Barack Obama throughout his two-terms.
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Another poll shows that, under Trump’s leadership, Americans have become far more optimistic about the future than they were for the last four years under Obama.
According to the poll, 47% of citizens agreed that America was headed in the right direction, “the first time it’s been in the 40s since late 2012.”
In the view of the average American, Democrats and liberal snowflakes and soft-hearted do-gooders just need to calm down. Trump is being Trump.
“He’s going to do what he says and says what he does,” said Barbara Van Syckel, 66, of Sterling Heights, Michigan. “That’s a little frightening for some people.”
Two of Barbara Wood’s three sons served in the military after Sept. 11, and she’s all for Trump and his immigration order.
The president “is fulfilling his campaign promises to the best of his ability. I applaud him for that,” said Wood, who lives in suburban Birmingham.
Thousands of people have demonstrated at U.S. airports since Trump issued an order Friday blocking people from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the United States and suspending refugee immigration for four months. The protests included a gathering of several hundred people in Birmingham, the largest airport in a Southern state that Trump carried with ease.
Over and over, the media has blared distracting headlines. Washington’s state attorney general filed a lawsuit over the order, and a federal judge in New York issued an emergency order temporarily banning deportations of people from the seven terror hot spots first identified by the Obama administration.
Even some establishment Republicans have questioned the order, with Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina saying they fear it will become “a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”
Yet none of that matters much to average Americans.
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Retired social-service worker Judith Wilkenroh says the order shows Trump “means what he says.”
“He’s just unafraid. He’s just going ahead like a locomotive, and I like him more and more every time he does something,” said Wilkenroh, 72, of Fredrick, Maryland.
Trump supporters said they are happy with the immigration order and the leadership behind it. Some Trump backers said they might do things a little differently than the president, but their overall reaction is positive.
“We’re not the world’s Social Security office. We’re not here to take care of people,” said Jim Buterbaugh, the head of custodial work and maintenance at a public school in the western Montana town of White Hall. “I understand that people need help, but there are other ways besides bringing them here.”
Buterbaugh, who has actively fought the re-settlement of Syrians in Montana, was frustrated that Trump’s moratorium did not include countries such as Saudi Arabia, where most of the Sept. 11 hijackers were from. The executive order also did not include the creation of safe zones for refugees, which he favors.
Mike Honaker has some misgivings, too. A Trump supporter in a struggling West Virginia coal town, he didn’t think “blitzing everybody” with an order that spread chaos around the world was the right way to go.
But Honaker worries about terrorism and does not have a problem with Trump’s plan to screen refugees more thoroughly. Overall, Honaker likes 85 percent of what the president has done so far.
“I think he’s shaking it up, the whole of Washington, D.C., and half the country, like he said he would,” he said.
Attorney Terri King, 56, said Trump’s order has widespread support in her Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio.
The only people who don’t support it are “those who are paid to protest on the left … and some Democrats,” said King, an also-ran in a GOP congressional race last year.
Republican Scott Presler of Virginia Beach, Virginia, likes Trump’s order so much he thought about staging an airport protest of his own in support of the president.
Presler, who is gay, said he wanted to go to Virginia’s Dulles International Airport to support the president’s immigration ban while carrying a sign that said “Radical Islam Murders Gays.” But he said he stopped short of making the trip out of fear for his safety.
“I’m a compassionate human being,” said Presler, 28. “I’m a humanitarian. But I’m also compassionate toward the health and well-being of the American people. We have 50,000 homeless veterans in this country. We have our own poor and suffering.”
Despite what the mainstream media will tell you, the vast majority of Americans agree — “America First” is what the people want.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article