By Tyler McGee
Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer
Zach Stuehler remembers the day he decided to vote for President-elect Donald Trump: June 16, 2015, the day the New York billionaire announced his run for the White House.
“When he announced on June 16th I said to myself, ‘I know this person; I have read this person; I have researched this person a lot more than the average person; and I know that this guy can be a good president,’” the 24-year-old Towson University student said. “I have been a Trump supporter since day one.”
Stuehler is one of the nearly 35 percent of Maryland voters who cast his ballot for Trump. And while it might be a little lonely for Trump supporters in heavily Democratic Maryland, those who supported the Republican candidate say they will feel comfortable with Trump in the White House.
“I just thought he was the most outspoken, straight forward candidate and that’s why I liked him,” said Will Grant, a 19-year-old student at Community College of Baltimore County. “He was just very straight forward and didn’t take BS, but sometimes it wasn’t always good how he came across in a very attacking, rude manner.”
Although Grant was an advocate for Trump he didn’t agree with some of the things he said, including Trump’s remarks about his opponents’ spouses. However, he said the media had a large part to play in the way Trump was misrepresented.
“I do see how some of the rhetoric that he uses sort of makes it appear that that [Trumps comments on minority groups] would be OK but I also feel that it’s on the media,” Grant said.
Grant said he feels that because the media called Trump a racist it has given actual racists “more confidence in being hateful.”
“I know there’s a lot of people that say Trump only won because all of the racists voted for him,” Grant said. “I don’t believe that’s true, but in the other sense if there is a racist or a sexist voting, they weren’t going to vote for Hillary anyway. They were always going to vote the Republican or the third-party nominee.”
While Grant didn’t agree with the media coverage of Trump during the election he wasn’t the only one to believe in Trump’s “straight forward” approach.
“I just think we are in an age were we need somebody that seems a bit hardcore. I think we’ll really be able to get back to [making] us safer and more financially sound,” said Debbie Shultz, a 58-year-old Baltimore County resident.
Shultz, the mother of two, is hoping for a safer America for her grandchildren to grow up in similar to when she was growing up.
“It was relatively safe, I don’t remember picking up the paper or hearing on the news such frequency of major attacks on just regular people, just random attacks, and its just been getting worse,” Schultz said.
Trumps business history was also a factor into why Schultz chose to vote for him.
“A really good businessman will have failures because businessmen take risks,” Schultz said. “They sometimes make mistakes, but I thought this guy over the decades has run organizations really well.”
Stuehler said he has been a Trump fan every since his father gave him the book Trump: The Art of the Deal as a Christmas present when Stuehler was in ninth grade.
“Ever since he gave me that book I have been really astute to Trump and what he’s done with his life, his TV stuff, and the different projects he’s building all over the world,” said Stuehler, who volunteered for the Trump campaign.
Trump: The Art of the Deal was published in 1987 and written by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz. The book reveals Donald Trump’s deal-making process and how he does business.
“I’m glad we’re getting a business mind put into the country, because I think the country needs to be ran more like a business,” Stuehler said. “Getting stuff done under budget and ahead of schedule – that’s all Trump does.”