By Brenda Flanagan
We caught up with Donald Trump fans headed to the supermarket in Toms River and asked them to grade the new commander-in-chief on his first couple weeks in office.
What grade would John Wehrle give him? “I’d give him an A-plus, A-plus — 100 percent. He’s come through on his promises, and he’s still a little controversial at times, but I think it’s kind of really what our country needs. It’s about time,” he said.
Wehrle blamed the news media for shredding Trump and says that’s why the president tweets obsessively.
“I think it’s great. He doesn’t have to go through the media. Look what the media has done to him. They’ve destroyed him. They’ve taken half a story and put it out as the whole truth,” Wehrle said.
“No, get rid of that tweet. Get rid of it. It’s getting him in trouble,” said Rich Shaughnessy.
Shaughnessy gave the lowest grade: a C-plus. He’s a tad more hesitant than some Trump supporters, who this weekend cheered the controversial executive order banning immigrants traveling from seven mostly Muslim countries. Shaughnessy’s worried a bit.
“It’s our way to accept immigrants and stuff like that. But you also have to protect the people that are already in this country, you know, with the terrorists and everything else. But he’s got to do what he’s got to do, you know?” he said.
Why does Linda Reitz give Trump an A? “Because number one, the people aren’t letting him get started, to do what he wants to do. We have to fix this country somehow. We have to keep refugees out. And I think he’s the best choice right now to do it,” she said.
“Uh, B-minus,” said Michael Hale.
The travel ban’s chaotic rollout and subsequent stall in federal court perturbed Hale.
“I think that he has to get his act together with the staff in the White House. But I believe in most of the things that he’s doing. I think that the rollout on the immigration thing — I believe in it, I think he’s right. It’s a learning curve. Every president has one. But you got to give him a chance. He’s got to just learn how to be a little bit, a little more diplomatic and not so much Trump,” Hale said.
“Trump has to be a little more presidential and less aggressive. Get more flies with honey than vinegar. But I agree mostly with what he’s doing,” said Karen Hale.
Karen Hale gives the president a B. Many said they’re uncomfortable with Trump’s continued reluctance to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin, but on “Face the Nation,” Gov. Chris Christie once again came to the president’s defense.
“He respects Vladimir Putin because he believes that the leaders of countries deserve to get treated with respect. But it doesn’t mean that he agrees with him. It doesn’t mean that he won’t fight him. And it doesn’t mean that he won’t stand up to him,” Christie said.
“President Trump is very different than our most recent leaders, and I’m talking about the Bushes, the Clintons and Obama. This globalist view of nations don’t matter, that borders don’t matter, it doesn’t matter where you make things, President Trump ran opposing all that. And that is why he truly has all this opposition,” said Sen. Michael Doherty.
So judging by the grades, the people who went shopping for a president and put Trump in their cart are pretty satisfied with their choices. They all say give him a little more time. He’ll get even better.