Rick Lee asked residents of York County what they think of Trump’s performance so far. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
The general consensus among Trump fans surveyed in Central Pennsylvania Thursday is that the president needs to focus.
Ignore the media and pay attention to the job — that’s the advice they give him.
“Generally, he is doing OK, I think,” said Joe Jordan, who farms in Dallastown. “But, I don’t think he is communicating in a way that is effective and bringing people together.”
Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that the investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia is a “witch hunt.”
“Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t,” Jordan said, adding that no one will know the truth until there is an unbiased, independent, nonpolitical investigation.
“I don’t think Russia is innocent (of political interference,)” Jordan said. “But, I don’t think there is any impropriety between (Trump) and Russia.”
Jordan recently showed up at a protest in front of U.S. Congressman Scott Perry’s Springettsbury Township office. While others were protesting Perry’s vote for the American Health Care Act, Jordan was there to show his support for Perry.
Jordan said on Thursday that he does have a problem with Trump’s “finger-pointing.”
“There always seems to be some reason for whatever problem he is facing,” he said.
Jonathan Watson is a Republican committeeman and member of the Mifflinburg County 912 Tea Party. Watson, of Lewistown, was among the hundreds who stood for hours outside the Farm Show Complex and Arena for Trump’s recent rally in Harrisburg.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give him a 7,” Watson said on Thursday.
Watson said even with the allegations that Trump revealed national security secrets to a Russian diplomat, fired the FBI director who was looking into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and called the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russia “a witch hunt,” Watson said he remains behind Trump “100 percent.”
In the next breath, Watson did say that if Trump were to be impeached, “the guy behind him (Vice President Mike Pence) is better anyway.”
Watson said allegations of Russian election interference and Trump links to Russia should “be looked into.”
“But, I don’t think there is anything there,” Watson said.
Watson also questioned the financial cost of the FBI and multiple Senate and House committees investigating the same allegations.
The Daily Record interviewed Jeff Lau in July 2016 for a pre-election story about Trump supporters. He said then, “I do think we’re kind of reaching a crunch time where we need to make some serious changes, changes where people have to sacrifice, but you have to have a president who is courageous enough and not worried about getting re-elected.”
On Thursday, Lau, a York County resident, said Trump has “attempted to do a lot of things in a short period.”
“I think his problem is the Republican Congress doesn’t have the fortitude to stand behind him. It’s not like the Democrats were with President Obama,” Lau said.
Lau added that Trump “has a tendency to point fingers and that bogs everything down. I wish he would spend less time responding (to allegations) and stay focused on his agenda.”
Lau said Trump needs to ignore the media.
“He’s not going to fix the press,” Lau said. “The press has had a liberal slant since Thomas Jefferson used it against Alexander Hamilton.”