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Raleigh man eager to attend Trump inauguration

Posted January 17

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— While dozens of members of Congress are among those shunning President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, others are excited about attending the Friday ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Shawn Welch has never gone to an inauguration before – he said he's never really been into politics much – but he's taking a train up to Washington on Thursday and staying with a friend.

"There's something about this whole Trump presidency that's excited me. I've been a Trump fan from Day One," said Welch, a Navy veteran who has owned his own plumbing business in Raleigh for 19 years. "The first time I saw him speak at the Dorton Arena, I was totally 100 percent convinced. When I heard his speech, I felt inside, that man is ready to do it right now."

He said he hopes to get to Washington in time to attend a Toby Keith concert on the National Mall Thursday night, and he plans to get an early start Friday to try to get close enough in the crowds to see Trump.

"I wish people would give him a chance. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. I just know that I think he’s going to do a good job," he said. "The proof will be in the pudding. Give him a little bit of a chance to see what he’s doing, and then go from there."

Welch said he had never gone to a campaign rally before this year. But while comics and pundits were writing Trump off time and again, Welch never did.

"From the beginning, he said, 'This is who I am. This is what I believe,'" Welch said. "I know a lot of people are – gasp – 'I can't believe he just said that,' but as well, there's people going, 'Thank you. It's about time somebody says something that people want to hear.'"

Welch said he has taken some heat for his support from Trump, even among his Republican friends. He admits the president-elect has made a few mistakes, but he's confident that Trump's low approval ratings will improve once he's in office.

"It's new to him. He's coming in," he said. "Maybe he's going to need a little bit of a learning curve."

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  • Larry Fellers Jan 19, 8:59 a.m.
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    Wow! soft much?

  • Anita Smith Jan 18, 3:59 p.m.
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    I swear people are so naive. Running a business is different from being a politician. He has no idea what he is doing. I pray for our country. We are certainly in the end times.

  • Jim Smith Jan 18, 3:21 p.m.
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    Wow! Insensitive much? Showing your true colors I see.

  • Amber Perry Jan 18, 1:06 p.m.
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    And Obama wasn't? Hope and Change -- remember that?

  • Grant Sherman Jan 18, 10:56 a.m.
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    So many gullible people. But, trump is an expert con man.

  • Joe Thomas Jan 18, 7:14 a.m.
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    why is this not normal? I don't care for trump but why is it not normal to support something or someone?

  • Barry Eriksen Jan 18, 3:58 a.m.
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    This is not normal.

  • Larry Fellers Jan 17, 10:06 p.m.
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    I THOUGHT THAT SAME THING!!!

  • Larry Fellers Jan 17, 10:06 p.m.
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    He's clearly suffering from PTSD....

  • Fred Holt Jan 17, 9:42 p.m.
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    The swamp ain't draining - but you may be able to witness unclogging 1.2 trillion in pent up Russian money and get that pipe flowing to Putin.

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