Some supporters of President Donald Trump, including at least one congressman, are refusing to watch the news because they find it too negative.
On July 14, Republican Rep. Brian Babin of Texas revealed during an interview on a Houston radio talk show that he ignores news from The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and the Washington Post, noted Right Wing Watch:
I just don't pay any attention to what they say about the president, because we seem to simply have an agenda on their part to delegitimize him, and to take down his agenda and to thwart the legitimacy of our democratic republic.
The other side of the aisle lost, and elections have consequences; I think just trying to drum up this type of stuff about the president. I haven't seen one shred of evidence, of real hard-core evidence, of any kind of criminal collusion of the president or even during his campaign, with the Russians.
Trump supporters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, echoed Babin's thoughts on ignoring bad news about Trump, reports The Guardian.
"About two weeks ago, I stopped watching the news," Wayne Bisher, a Trump voter, told the news site. "Because it was just like, it was too depressing. They’re still b****ing about the Russia thing, which is still not going to amount to anything. I feel so much better, for the last two weeks."
Another Trump voter, Bruce Garis, added: "We got fake news, like Trump said, and I’m upset with the news. I won't even turn on the television any more."
Keith Jones also had a beef with the media: "The press has an agenda, and it isn’t the same agenda as his. Hillary was their darling, Obama was their darling. And you kick them in the shins there, and they get a little ornery. They’re ornery, and they’re trying to run Trump into the ground."
Some Trump voters said they did not mind if Trump did work with an enemy of the U.S. -- Russia -- to defeat Clinton.
"I don’t know what all was done," Jack Artley stated. "No matter how it comes out, even if it comes out that there was some shady business going on there, I’d rather Trump in there than Clinton. So, whether he had to cheat or not to get in, I’m OK with that."
"If they did, I’m actually glad they did,” John Picard added. "I feel that you shouldn't bother somebody else’s country. But the idea that they got all this information and they let it slip out – I’m happy if that’s true. We got some real good documents on some people who were really messed up, so why not?"
Tom Carroll, a criminal defense lawyer and a vice-chairman of the local Tea Party, told The Guardian that Trump voters were highly motivated by fear of a Clinton presidency:
You really talk to people and – you know what drove a lot of people? Believe it or not, they won’t leave Trump for anything. But it’s not because they love Trump, it’s because they love their families, they love their country, and they were fearful of what was gonna happen if Hillary Clinton got elected president.
Christopher Borick, a professor of political science and director of the Muhlenberg College institute of public opinion in Allentown, said that Obamacare, which Clinton strongly supported and Trump deeply opposes, is very popular in the area:
We’ve polled this issue really heavily for six years. Like many places, Obamacare has reached its zenith in popularity in the commonwealth [of Pennsylvania]. It's never been more popular, and the congressional proposals were very unpopular.
That remains a vexing issue for Republicans. And a vexing issue for the president. Talk about issues that could be incredibly damaging, there’s a point where people will see in the next two years what kind of effect those changes or lack of changes have.