Trump voter wants more

Newton Township man hopes to have ear of the president


NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Donald’s Trump performance in office a year since he was elected, flipping Trumbull County from blue to red, hasn’t been a letdown, but he could be doing more to “shake the rust off the rust belt,” said a local man who voted for the businessman turned politician.

Daniel Moore and his family of Newton Township gave numerous local and national interviews on their decision to vote for Trump though they supported Democrats in the past. The interviews led to a dinner with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg on his nationwide quest to take the pulse of the country after a tumultuous 2016 election season.

A BBC 2 program, “News Night,” similar to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” interviewed Moore’s family about the experience with Zuckerburg for a program airing today in the United Kingdom about Zuckerburg’s year of travel, according to BBC news presenter Emily Maitliss who met with Moore at his home.

Though the program is concentrating on Zuckerburg’s year of travel, Maitliss said viewers in the UK are deeply interested in learning how Trump’s voters feel a year after he won the electoral college.

Moore said he, his wife and mother-in-law are excited to discuss the president’s progress on the issues that secured their votes for him and hope it will lead to a meeting with the president to discuss what still needs to be done.

“I give him thumbs up on the renegotiation of NAFTA, on the apprenticeship programs because people need more opportunities, and for talking about the severe opioid epidemic,” Moore said. “But we need to have a talk about getting more promises from the campaign trail fulfilled, especially the promise to shake the rust off the rust bucket.”

Moore said his wife, Lisa, is a retired school teacher, and she wants the administration to address the failing education system and is critical of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

And, though there seems to be some movement on tax reform, Moore said, he isn’t happy he might not see the results until 2019.

“I, others that are hurting, could use that cash in our pockets now. The economy is hurting, wages are stagnant, we need that now. We shouldn’t have to wait until 2019. And if the numbers they are projecting are right, that the average savings is going to be $1,200… that isn’t exactly an economic revival, what is that, 100 bucks a month?” Moore said. “But I have to give him credit for trying.”

Moore said he wants Trump and the Republican-led Congress to start thinking up new, original ideas to solve the country’s problems, before 100 million baby boomers start retiring in the next decade.

“That was a consensus I reached when Mark Zuckerburg was here, that we need to start looking at new ideas, new approaches, because what has always been done doesn’t work,” Moore said.

Moore said he did a lot of campaign work locally and nationally for the president, and so he hopes Trump will listen to his concerns.

“I did a lot of outreach and talked to neighbors, co-workers and the media campaigning for him. Maybe because we were so outspoken and did that, we caused some swing voters to cast a vote for Trump. Maybe we did help turn Trumbull County red for the first time in a long time and maybe helping to put him in the White House means he’ll listen to us, to take things the direction we want to see it go,” Moore said.