Folks across America are divided in their opinion of President Donald Trump, with liberals everywhere continuing to throw the world’s longest temper tantrum — it’s gone on since November, and many conservatives are cheering the actions he’s taken so far to undo the damage caused by the Obama administration.
Regardless of how people in your neck of the woods feel about Trump, there’s one Kentucky berg, dubbed the “poorest white town” in the country that already sees the man as a hero.
According to CNN, “I voted for Trump 100 percent,” says Barbara Puckett, a 55-year-old mom, who lives in the small and friendly town of Beattyville. “It’s the most hopeful I’ve been in a long time now that he’s in there.”
Trump won 81 percent of the vote in Beattyville. People here love that Trump doesn’t “sugarcoat” anything. They feel he understands them, even though he’s a billionaire.“Donald Trump’s got all the money he’ll ever need,” says Steve Mays, judge-executive for the county and life-long Beattyville resident. The 49-year-old says he’s never been more excited about a president than he is now. “Trump will be a president for the common man.” “This whole area’s been neglected,” laments Mays, who hopes Trump will visit the region. He wouldn’t be the first president to stop by. Beattyville isn’t far from the dilapidated cabin where President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in 1964. Locals feel the area has been in a “slow decay” ever since.
Beattyville residents want jobs, especially ones that pay more than the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. They think if anyone can bring jobs back, it’s Trump.
Today, the town is a ghost of its former self. The vast majority of Beattyville residents get some form of government aid — 57 percent of households receive food stamps and 58 percent get disability payments from Social Security.
“I hope [Trump] don’t take the benefits away, but at the same time, I think that once more jobs come in a lot of people won’t need the benefits,” says Hayes, who currently receives about $500 a month from government assistance. She’s also on Obamacare.
President Trump has already been encouraging major corporations to invest in America by opening up factories here, creating thousands of jobs that will employ Americans all over the country.
It would speak volumes about his character if he were to visit this area and deliver some words of comfort to spark more hope in the hearts of citizens.
These are the individuals responsible for Trump’s victory, the marginalized that have been all but forgotten by liberal politicians who pushed them to the wayside for the sake of an agenda that makes their pockets fat.
Trump is a different kind of politician, which is precisely what is giving these people hope that perhaps he’ll try something different that will lead to their town becoming prosperous once again.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]