Blue Collar Dems Know to Blame the DC SWAMP, Not President Trump


“Blue Collar” Democrats who voted for President Trump do not have buyer’s remorse.
On the contrary, they think he’s the last “hope” for America, and they realize he’s FIGHTING an army of swamp creatures.
These Democrats blame Washington dysfunction for the gridlock and failure to pass legislation.
In fact, this particular type of Democrat feels completely alienated by the left in general, and see President Trump as a voice who represents them.
As the Democratic Party continues to embrace more radical left-wing policies and causes, more and more traditional Democrats are giving Trump a chance, as they see that he speaks for them and genuinely cares about the American people.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Big-rig mechanic Salvatore Pirozzi hadn’t cast a ballot in a presidential election for most of his life until he got excited about voting for Donald Trump, and his support isn’t wavering.
Like many other blue-collar voters across the Rust Belt who confounded pollsters and pundits to deliver Mr. Trump an upset win in November, Mr. Pirozzi isn’t feeling buyer’s remorse as the president hits the six-month mark this week.
“He could be doing better, but he’s up against a lot of opposition,” said Mr. Pirozzi, 48. “I don’t regret it as far as voting is concerned. He’s our last hope.”
For now, he will overlook the president’s failure to score a major legislative win and the unrelenting stream of negative news stories to focus instead on Mr. Trump’s success in dramatically altering the direction of the country.
After putting Pennsylvania in the Republican column for the first time in nearly three decades, working-class voters said they are still happy that they took a gamble in sending a celebrity New York billionaire to shake up Washington.
“He is a d– and he doesn’t go by everybody’s social norms, but he wants to help the economy. He wants to make America great again,” said Eric Walz, 47, a self-employed information technology and maintenance specialist.
One of the so-called invisible Americans whom Mr. Trump connected with in the Rust Belt, Mr. Walz skipped other presidential elections. He said he was excited as he was on Election Day about casting his ballot for Mr. Trump.
“There’s always going to be negative things,” he said, “but the economy is booming.”
He didn’t blame Mr. Trump for the stalemate in Congress, which he said would continue regardless of who lives in the White House.
Bethlehem and surrounding Northampton County were key to Mr. Trump’s upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The county in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley sided with President Obama in 2012 by 4 percentage points and 6,000 votes. Mr. Trump took the county by 5 points and just over 6,000 votes.
Big swings in the vote in places such as Northampton County were partly a result of Mr. Trump’s ability to tap into the frustration felt by working-class Americans.
The region struggled for more than two decades to recover from the closing of Bethlehem Steel but has experienced a revival in recent years with a conversion of the mill into a SteelStacks arts campus and a Sands Casino Resort.
Despite the promise of economic expansion from a succession of presidents from both parties, they have struggled with stagnant wages and dwindling job opportunities.
Those angry blue-collar voters across longtime Democratic strongholds such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are now firmly behind Mr. Trump and his Republican Party, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the polling program at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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