5/8/18, "'We Knew Exactly Who He Was When We Voted for Him'," Salena Zito, Townhall
"Unlike the 5,644 Democrats in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, who
changed their party registration to Republican in 2016, presumably so
they could vote in the closed 2016 Republican primary, Ed Harry did not.
He didn't formally leave his party at the beginning of the election --
but his eye did wander.
At D's Diner, Harry dusts the crumbs from
his white toast off of his deep- navy Penn State sweatshirt and
switches from coffee to pop. As the young utility workers at the next
table leave, he tips his hat, and they return the gesture.
says of former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, the son
of one former U.S. president and brother another: "I made a promise to
myself, four years out, after Obama won his second term, that I would
never vote for a Bush or a Clinton. That was absolute. Nothing would
ever change that. I thought they were both corrupt."
"When Trump first announced, I laughed. I just couldn't believe that he
even had a chance." But Harry was dead set on someone outside of the
establishment, so he started to look at the other choices.
only other nonpolitician was Dr. Ben Carson," he says. "Everybody else,
outside of Rand Paul, I didn't really have any use for. Put them in a
bag and shake them and they all come out the same."
campaign went on, he wasn't committed to anybody. "The one I liked the
best was Jim Webb," Harry says of the Democratic former Virginia senator
and former secretary of the Navy, "and I thought he was probably the
best candidate out of everybody, but he didn't last except for a couple
The more he listened as the campaign went on, he
explains, the better he understood that the Democrats definitely hated
Donald Trump and the Republican establishment hated Trump. All the
lobbyists on K Street hated Trump. The Chinese came out against him.
India came out against him. Mexico came out against him.
says: "I figured I must have a candidate because everybody who's coming
out against him are all corrupt, and he's an outsider. So, I said, 'I
think I found my candidate.'"
Then he made the announcement: "I
had decided to go to the rally he held here in Wilkes-Barre and I ran
into a local radio reporter who knew me as a Democrat union official.
She said, 'What are you doing here?' I said, 'I guess I saw the light.
I'm going to support Trump.' She said, 'You want to get interviewed?'"
He told her bluntly, "Actually, I don't care."
During the course of the interview, she asked him if he was involved in the labor community in the area.
said, 'I just happen to be president of the labor council,'" he says.
"When we got done, I said, 'Well, that should get me a resignation
tomorrow.' Sure enough, I got a phone call from them the next day." He
voluntarily resigned, and he did it in person, in front of the entire
Harry has lost trust in everything big in this country.
He says: "Big banks, big Wall Street, big corporations, the
establishment of both parties and their lobbyists, and the big media
corporations; gone are the days of the network news just delivering the
He adds: "This Russian s--- day in and day out is just
absolute nonsense, as far as him being in cahoots. I watched ABC last
Thursday; the first 10 minutes dealt with nothing but the allegations
that he was in bed with the Russians. The big storms that hit the
Midwest got a minute. Nothing else got any time. It was just all this
Harry is optimistic about Trump. "But it is going to be a hard slog, he has to work against the Democrats and the Republicans.
his heart I know he wants to do well. But Washington's culture is so
embedded that it may be a year before he gets a handle, or eighteen
months before he gets a handle on everything."
And no, Harry does
not care about what Trump tweets. "We knew exactly who he was when we
voted for him, tweet and all," he says.
"What I liked about Trump was
that it was more than about Trump, it was about people, it was about
being part of something bigger than just me, I felt as though I was part
of something important and worthy of accomplishing something better
than what have had."
As long as Trump stays away from becoming a
Bush or a Clinton and stays tough, Harry is in this new alliance for the
long haul: "If he becomes one of them, then I think this movement
continues, without him."" Luzerne County, Pa., map
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Pennsylvania Democrat union official thought Hillary was corrupt so needed another candidate to support. He decided on Trump because everyone who was against Trump was corrupt: Democrats, the Republican establishment (including Jeb Bush), lobbyists on K Street, the Chinese, India, and Mexico-Salena Zito, 5/8/18
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