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Fri Jan 13, 2017, 12:22 AM Jan 2017

In Iowa, Trump Voters Are Unfazed by Controversies. [View all]

MONTICELLO, Iowa — The Table of Knowledge was delving into President-elect Donald J. Trump’s plans to upend government, and marveling at how he had forced his fellow Republicans in the House to reverse themselves on gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics.

“He’s getting responses; things are happening,” Jerry Retzlaff, a retiree, said. “He got Congress to turn themselves around with one tweet.”

“There’s no secret the press doesn’t like him, and neither does a lot of the leadership,” he added. “And that’s because he’s planning on making a lot of changes.”

The eight men around a rectangular table, sipping coffee from a hodgepodge of mugs donated by customers, meet daily for breakfasts of French toast, eggs and bacon at Darrell’s diner, all while solving the world’s problems, hence their gathering’s nickname.

Washington may be veering from one Trump pre-inaugural controversy to another: unproved reports of Russia’s holding embarrassing information against him, possible ethical conflicts, the donors and billionaires of his cabinet, his pushback against intelligence findings on Russian hacking in the election. But there does not seem to be much angst in Iowa among those who voted for Mr. Trump, including some Democrats and independents.

Monticello, in rural eastern Iowa, is as close as any place to the epicenter of the political quake that made Mr. Trump president.

The state’s longstanding reputation as a political bellwether had led The New York Times to move me to Iowa for a full year ahead of its presidential caucuses in early 2016.

I had not returned since. In the intervening year, Iowa gave Mr. Trump his largest triumph of any battleground state: a 15-percentage-point reversal over President Obama’s easy victory here in 2012.'>>>


The delusional, clueless Trump supporter. J_William_Ryan Jan 2017 #1
LBJ knew these people PSPS Jan 2017 #2
Exactly. Thanks for the quotation. elleng Jan 2017 #3
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Iowa and other swing states need more activist voting democrats. minstrel76 Jan 2017 #7
Depressing and frustrating. MBS Jan 2017 #8
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