A group from New Hampshire of voters, independents and Republicans, which will hold the nation’s first presidential primary, discussed the real estate tycoon and reality TV star’s appeal as part of a Bloomberg Politics focus group.
“He says it like it is,” said Jessica, a data analyst, during the focus group in the first-in-the-nation primary state, conducted by Purple Strategies at St. Anselm College in Manchester. “He speaks the truth.”
“He’s willing to tell you his opinion,” Andrew, an educator, said. “So many other politicians won’t take an opinion.”
“Business, we need business and I like his roughness,” said Danielle, a financial-planning consultant, adding, “He’s just tough, we need someone tough.”
“Donald Trump is strong,” Nick, a home inspector, said. “He carries a sentiment and frustrations that I think a lot of Americans are going through and feeling right now. He’s the one that’s able to articulate that, and bring those frustrations to light. I believe him when he talks.”
“I was a little girl, and I didn’t even know what Trump Towers were, but I knew that he was a wealthy, successful man and I remember asking my mother if I could write him a letter to ask him how he made his money,” Jessica said.
“He’s like one of us. He may be a millionaire, which separates him from everybody else, but besides the money issue, he’s still in tune with what everybody is wanting,” Janet, a former dog breeder, said.
“I haven’t heard a lot of positions,” Andy said. “But one thing is when he takes a position, and I’ll use the John McCain thing, he didn’t turn around two days later and say ‘Oh no, that’s not what I’m supposed to say.’ He stayed with what he believed in, and that’s, to me, what I’m looking for.”
“Specifically, he said he’ll put a wall on the southern border,” Roger, who works with the elderly, said. “When you talk about common sense, that’s a common-sense thing to do.”
“Classy,” said Cheryl, a real estate agent.
“I think it would be exciting,” Roger said. “I really do. I look forward to it. It’ll be an interesting thing every day.”