Supporters of President Donald Trump are ignoring, or choosing not to believe, the recent wave of news bombshells about the Trump administration, according to a May 18 report in The Associated Press.
Some Republicans are speaking of impeaching the president who, according to a memo by former FBI Director James Comey, asked Comey to drop an investigation of Michael Flynn, The Hill noted on May 17. The Trump campaign is under federal investigation for possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
"I tuned it out," Michele Velardi, a 44-year-old Trump supporter in Staten Island, New York, told AP. "I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not listen."
Joseph Amodeo, a 19-year-old Trump supporter in Staten Island, praised Trump for raising New York’s minimum wage, a move by state Democrats, not Trump.
"If you’re wishing for him to fail, you’re basically wishing for the pilot of the plane to crash," Amodeo stated. "You just gotta stick by him and hopefully he does things that benefit everyone."
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in 2010: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President [Barack] Obama to be a one-term president," notes ThinkProgress.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said, before Obama took office in 2009, that he hoped the former president would fail.
Mark Feller, a 60-year-old Trump voter in Denison, Iowa, told AP that he doesn't believe news reports about Trump telling Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.
"If it were true, it would bother me," Feller said. "But I don’t think it’s true."
John Strathman, another Trump supporter in Des Moines, wasn't concerned about the Trump-Russia scandal, but added, "If he doesn’t govern like a conservative and looks more like a Democrat, then I’ll have to re-evaluate."
Doug Foy, a Trump voter in Rutledge, Georgia, said: "I’m not a politician, so I don’t know just what they should do. I don’t know if they should pursue impeachment or anything like that."
His son Robbie Foy added: "Trump’s not in it for the money. He’s got plenty of money. [Hillary Clinton] was in it for herself."
Trump has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns, which would show his financial ties.
New York State Assemblyman Ron Castorina blamed Trump’s problems on the media, which Castorina said is "damaging the country as a whole."
"Not only have I not heard of anyone turning their backs, I’ve seen people become more in solidarity with the president because they feel he’s getting a raw deal," Castorina added.
Paul Lopa, a store owner in Staten Island, said there's "nothing right now big enough" that would make him drop his support for the president.
Lopa added: "I think he’s going more and more into the right direction."
Andrew Ottrando, a 56-year-old Trump voter in Staten Island, insisted: "The Comey stuff is a joke."
Ottrando was asked by AP if there was anything Trump could possibly do that would lose his support, and he replied: "If he gases his own people, yeah I would be against him."
Ottrando said he was just joking.