If You Had A Stereotype Of A Pa. Trump Voter, It's Not This Guy

Here are some of the more notable tweets by President Donald Trump through his first 100 days in office. USA TODAY

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He's young and he's educated. He doesn't own a pickup truck or a confederate flag.

And, like 100-percent of the USA TODAY Trump voter panel, Cole Wagner is pretty happy with Donald Trump's first 100 days.

A Central Pennsylvania native getting ready to start a new life in Hershey with his fiancé, Wagner is currently completing a competitive sports business internship in Washington, D.C., and getting ready to graduate from Lock Haven University.

He's a former Marco Rubio supporter who embraced Trump after his candidate faltered.

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Getting unbiased news is important to him: Wagner spends a lot of time gathering news from a variety of sources, although the Independent Journalism Review, the Wall Street Journal and Fox News are his favorites.

When he reads an article he disagrees with, he says he fact-checks it.

It's necessary, he says, because the majority of media coverage unfairly represents Trump.

“It’s one big smear campaign," he said. "Constantly negative, constantly misleading. A lot of it is untrue.”

But it's not that simple. Wagner acknowledges Trump brings some of it on himself, and he worries (a little) about the president's impulsive, emotional nature.

That's a theme that appeared in USA TODAY's panel too. Some said that the president's communication creates problems: "I think he's his worst enemy," said Pat Jolliff, 59, of Rochester, Ind. "He won't keep his mouth shut."

But while Wagner is happy with Trump's policies -- limiting foreign aid, de-funding Planned Parenthood and increasing national security are all important to him -- he wishes the president would be more diplomatic in his presentation.

It would give the media less of an excuse to cover the president sensationally. But -- really -- they should know better, he thinks.

Trump moves to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities ... And what's the headline? A "controversy" about how one of his advisers sat on the couch.

“There’s never anything positive," Wagner laments.

He's seen intense media scrutiny and criticism of Trump's border plans, travel ban and "America First" policies, and -- in his view -- it's all overblown.

Trump is making policy out of a hard truth in Wagner's view: “You gotta be able to take care of yourself before you can take care of other people.”

But Wagner isn't giving Trump a free pass. He's interested in researching some current Trump controversies a little more.

For example, if it turns out that the Trumps are wasting government funds on excessive security needs or that his close personal ties in the White House amount to nepotism -- that would concern him. But he's skeptical.

Source : http://www.ydr.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/27/if-you-had-stereotype-pa-trump-voter-s-not-guy/100973860/

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