Why do people hate Indiana so much

"He makes America better": everyone hates Trump? He's a hero to these people

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In many rural areas of the USA there is great hope in Donald Trump. Many cannot understand the protests against the US president.

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Since Donald Trump took office, the new US president has been greeted with sheer hatred in many places. For more than two weeks he has been doing nails, signing one decree after the other and earning ridicule and protest for it - one would think. But while the outrage is great in metropolises like New York, the picture is different in many rural areas.

In the small town of Accident in the US state of Maryland, for example, the majority of the roughly 320 residents believe that Trump is simply fulfilling his election promises and doing what he stood for - protecting the country from terrorists, curbing illegal immigration and other states his own strength to demonstrate.

"We're only humans"

"I think a lot of townspeople think we're stupid backwoodsmen, but that's not so," said Charisse Smith, who works as a waitress at Annie's Kitchen Country Restaurant, to the Washington Post. "We may not always be so well educated when it comes to politics, but we are just people like everyone else," said the 25-year-old.

Her guests are also staunch Trump supporters. "He is the first president since Teddy Roosevelt who really does what he announced," says Buz Gosnell, 71, a retired helicopter pilot. A 60-year-old worker from the oil and gas industry agrees: He is relieved to have a “tough businessman” in the White House and hopes Trump will slam the door in the face of people from the Middle East. They all have one thing above all else: the fear of terrorists and the hope for more security.

Many believe in Trump

The people in Indiana, a republican state in the American Midwest, from which Vice President Mike Pence also comes, see it similarly. Many here make a living from agriculture and many think Trump is big.

"He was a successful businessman who made millions, and he is now using this skill in the White House to make America better," says single mother Joey Hopper from Sheridan. She considers the demonstrations against Trump to be an "overreaction" by people who do not get the right information. Trump has only just started. "Give him a chance," the 37-year-old urges the Indianapolis Star.

Fortville businessman Bill Clem calls the protests hypocritical. Trump only tighten laws that already exist, believes the 62-year-old. For Clem and other Trump supporters, his election promises to make immigration more difficult and to create new jobs in the country are closely related. It is feared that not only could terrorists hide among immigrants, but they would also take jobs away from Americans.

"It's about the economy"

Trump's job promise was also the main reason for choosing him for the Sheridan saleswoman Sandy Roberts. “It's about the economy, it's very simple,” is how the 52-year-old sums up her decision. "You need a part-time job to make a living from your full-time job, but I only have one full-time job," says Roberts, who works in a branch of cheap goods retailer Dollar General.

Surveys also show that Donald Trump's activism is not only met with displeasure. The Real Clear Politics page lists several polls on whether Trump is doing his job well. On average, around 45 percent of those surveyed agree with this, while a good 49 percent disagree. In some of these surveys, the approval of Trump's performance is also higher than the disapproval.

A survey by Zogby Analytics also shows who is the main source of approval for Trump. It turns out that it is mainly people from rural areas and small towns, men and older people who have so far issued Trump a good job reference.