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Trump Voters Shocked He Wants To Cut Programs They Need

| by Michael Allen

Some supporters of President Donald Trump are shocked and dismayed that his proposed budget released on May 23 cuts social programs they depend on.

A disabled woman in Waverly, Ohio, told CNNMoney in the fall that she depends on her Supplemental Security Income: "It's my only income. I couldn't live."

SSI pays low-income Americans who are disabled just over $700 per month, but now the program faces cuts from the Trump administration.

The Waverly woman didn't know of Trump's budget plans to cut SSI until CNNMoney interviewed her again during the week of May 22.

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"There's no way I could go back to work," she said. "I've got a lot of problems. I'm crippled in my feet, knees, back, hands."

"Honestly, I haven't been following much [news]," the woman added. "I've got so much going on with my family. My mother died."

That news includes proposed cuts to Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, student loans, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

A woman with sclerosis in Beattyville, Kentucky, said: "I am still happy with President Trump," but added that she will be worried if his budget becomes law and cuts her Social Security disability payments.

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One Beattyville pastor asserted that Trump wants local governments and states to have more control over their welfare money, which will be cut if Trump's budget becomes law.

"I think some of it should go away," the pastor told CNNMoney in January. "I believe in a hand up and not a hand out."

One diehard Trump voter sold possessions to travel around the country to 40 Trump rallies. The middle-aged truck driver, who lost his son to an opioid addiction, told The Associated Press about his interaction with Trump at an Iowa rally in January 2016.

"[Trump] promised me, in honor of my son, that he was going to combat the ongoing heroin epidemic," the man recalled. "He got me hook, line and sinker. I had everything riding on the fact that he was going to make things better. He lied to me."

The man was referring to Trump's proposed cuts in Medicaid, as well as addiction treatment, research and prevention.

A Morrisville, Pennsylvania, woman said Trump's budget runs "counter to what [his voters] thought he was going to do."

The woman, who lost her 23-year-old son to an overdose, told AP: "That would be a tragedy. We're losing a whole generation of young people to this disease."

A man from Beverly, Massachusetts, added: "I didn't see this coming. I'm trying desperately to have hope and take the president at his word."

However, one Milwaukee Trump voter supports his budget cutting approach for drug addiction: "Money for treatment isn't necessarily a cure-all."

A Cleveland, Ohio, man was more blunt in his assessment: "[Trump is] turning his back on people. He's a liar."

Sources: CNNMoney, AP / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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