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Raleigh voters express hope, hopelessness during Trump inauguration

Posted January 20
Updated January 21

— While President Donald Trump took the oath of office in Washington, D.C., Jamie and Ellen Munn took some time for lunch at Big Ed's in Raleigh.

The couple tried to eat at a different restaurant, but it was blaring the inauguration on TV, and Ellen Munn couldn't stand it.

Jamie Munn voted for the newly inaugurated Trump. Ellen Munn, though, voted for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. She didn't know until after the election that her husband voted for Trump, but Jamie Munn said their difference in political candidates hasn't affect their lives.

Now that Trump is officially president, Ellen Munn isn't hopeful about the next four years, counting gay rights and women's right among the topics that worry her.

"He scares me," Ellen Munn said. "I'm frightened about what he might do."

Jamie Munn said he has the opposite feeling: He's hopeful about the changing of the guard, though he does wish the president would back off the Twitter spats, calling Trump "a little thin-skinned."

"I just want to see if he fulfills his promise," Jamie Munn said. "He promised quite a bit, so see if he can close the deal, come up with everything he said."

Trump voter J.T. Thomas hopes the president will tone down his brashness, too, but continue to be bold.

"He's been able to get things done in life, right?" Thomas said. "I think it'll happen here, too. Yes, he's got the ability to get things done."

Like Ellen Munn, Partice Smith also voted for Clinton in November. She conceded Trump was a tough talker, but she also feels hopeful for the future.

"I think if (Trump) listens—I think it's going to take him to be able to listen to the voce of the people and be able to compromise and not just say, 'It's my way, this is the way I think,'" Smith said


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  • Jeff Freuler Jan 22, 2017
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    Lots of people had hopes for Obama which turned into hopelessness however, you don't hear the media reporting that.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jan 21, 2017
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    I do HOPE

  • Fred Holt Jan 21, 2017
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    Buy American, Hire American - do as I say, not as I do. Complete hypocrite - and he may very well deny tomorrow what he said today. How people think this guy is going to do for anyone other than himself is baffling. I don't want to think my countrymen are that gullible - and it sounds like nearly 2/3 are in disagreement even on day 1 - but then you have those who really believe. SMH

  • Wayne Smith Jan 21, 2017
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    The producers and investors have hope. The left who engage in cultural lawlessness, and are in opposition to decency, do have to now reap the seeds they sowed in evil.

  • Dmitry Suemeov Jan 21, 2017
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    Trump is focused on what really matters. He's getting ready to clean up Detroit and Chicago,.......He already started on Repeal and Replace!

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 21, 2017
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    And of couse you know what really matters.

  • Tracy T. Dalrymple Jan 21, 2017
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    Actually it's our President that needs to grow up. He needs to stop tweeting over trivial BS and FOCUS on what really matters.

  • Jeff Freuler Jan 21, 2017
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    "He scares me," Ellen Munn said. "I'm frightened about what he might do."

    Now that is funny. Really grow up