The white men speak their mind (and want Trump to cool it)

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By Ray Glier

I talked to some white men Monday who voted for Brian Kemp in the Governor’s race in Georgia. In the run-up to the race, we have heard a lot___rightfully so___from blacks who see a chance to finally get some traction in this state. We have heard from women and we have heard from young voters. The Washington Post sent me out to find voters and I happened to find more white men than others willing to talk. I haven’t heard much from them in the blizzard of Georgia TV ads.

These voters are pro-business, they like the looks of the economy. They want strong borders. They are just as amped up about these mid-terms as blacks and women. All three of these men voted early.

“I haven’t been worried about the vote, I’ve worried about losing the race. I want things to keep going in the direction they are going: strong economy, less regulation,” Jim Tadd, 79, told me at Perimeter Mall. “Trump made a bunch of promises, but he kept his promises. He’s let his mouth run too much at times, but he has good ideas and kept his promises.”

Steve McAdams, 72, had some worries about the digital balloting. Charges have flown back and forth about the sanctity of the vote.

“I’m worried about the vote being fair and square because there is no paper ballot backup,” McAdams said. “This is going to be close and it doesn’t take much for this election to go one way or the other. A lot of things can go wrong with these machines. Computer systems can be manipulated. We saw this in the Bush-Gore race what can happen.
There could be some extra votes counted.”

McAdams has seen hijinks in elections before.

“Kennedy-Nixon had a lot of dirt in it,” he said referring to the 1960 election. “In Illinois they had more voters than people registered. There is a lot more voter fraud than people will admit to and the problem is most politicians don’t want to point out problems with the other side because they have problems. In doing so they are letting America go to hell in a hand basket.”

I talked to one voter, who didn’t want to give his last name. I can’t blame him. The Washington Post has a few million readers and a neighbor, a co-worker, anybody, could get annoyed he was a Trump supporter. He said the worst thing somebody could do was put a political post on Facebook.

“I’d love to see the country come together, but I don’t know the answer to how or when it would happen,” Ed P. said. “I think politics is really dividing the country today and it is causing gridlock in government. I don’t feel like we can make the progress we need until we work together a little bit better. Republicans and Democrats are going to have to work together; no one party can do it.

“The politics gets worse every year and continues to get worse and, quite frankly, President Trump hasn’t helped that.”

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