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2016.11.03 10:48

US presidential elections: LRT journalists report from Ohio

Algirdas Acus2016.11.03 10:48

LRT journalists visited Youngstown in Ohio swing State, on Tuesday. Supporters of Democrats outnumbered Republicans by several times, but this time they are slipping towards Trump.

An Afro-American barber voted for Obama, but now he says he is choosing Trump as he sees a stronger personality in him. ‘Enough to be scared, let’s be powerful. Let’s be strong’, said Ryan Gilchirst to Lithuanian Television reporters whose visit in the hairdresser’s room has sparked a heated debate as one of the customers deeply disagreed with a hairdresser.
 

‘What you are trying to say? Trump is not lying about anything? I mean come on, let’s be serious’, argued Nehemiah.
 

Democrats in Youngstown were usually supported by tens of thousands steal industry workers, but as steal factories closed in the 1970s, population of Youngstown decreased by 60 percent and was dubbed by many as America’s Fastest Shrinking City. Crime rates rose to unprecedented levels.
 

The city is a perfect place for Trump’s slogan ‘Make America great again’. Trump attracted 6000 former Youngstown’s Democrats during the primaries, and in all doubled the number of Republicans from 14 thousand to 37 thousand and triumphed there although he did lose to John Kasich in Ohio.
 

‘I think that frustration level, the anger level got to the point where people said, I have it, we need a change, and Donald Trump is providing that answer’, said Mark Munroe, Republican Party Chairman of Mahoning County, where Youngstown belongs.
 

Democrats outnumbered Republicans here by several times, but this time it is slipping towards Trump.

‘The preference here always been democratic, but it’s kind of swinging the other way,’ said Trump’s supporter Gary Frederick who was signalled ‘with Trump’ by another passing supporter during the interview with the LRT.
 

But not all of them are sticking with Trump. ‘He is for the rich people. Clinton is for little people and I am one of them’, said Roger Pease who is still supporting democrats.

Youngstown, Ohio
Shots and sound bites
 

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RYAN GILCHIRST, Ryan's Chair owner:

I like him, he is a man that speaks his word, and he doesn’t confuse, I mean he says what he says. He is off the cough, and if he has to chase you, he will chase you, but he is going to do what he says. And we need that. We need that. Enough to be scared, let’s be powerful. Let’s be strong.
 

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NEHEMIAH, barber's shop client:

How do you know that he will do what he says? Isn’t that he is saying what people want to hear?
 

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RYAN GILCHIRST, Ryan's Chair owner:

Come one, do we really need her? Do we really need a woman that is a liar?
 

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NEHEMIAH, barber's shop client:

What you are trying to say? Trump is not lying about anything? I mean come on, let’s be serious.
 

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RYAN GILCHIRST, Ryan's Chair owner:

Ok he might be brash, he might be selfish, whatever, but he wants to make America great again. And I believe that. I really believe that he wants to put country back on top. He is the winner.
 

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NEHEMIAH, barber's shop client:

Isn’t that the goal of every candidate? He is just yelling, you know making America great again more than other candidates just because he is yelling it?

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MARK MUNROE, Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman:

But doesn’t it take some courage to do that? I suspect that it does, but I think that frustration level, the anger level is got to the point where people said, I have it, we need a change, and Donald Trump is providing that answer.
 

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GARY FREDERICK, Top Notch Diner, founder:

We need someone, we need business man to run the country, and get it back on positive side instead of a negative side.
 

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GARY FREDERICK, Top Notch Diner, founder:

(Supporter shouts with Trump!) With you, you see there. (Reporter asks – so what about the community here what is the reaction in the community? What are the political preferences?) The preference here always been democratic, but it’s kind of swinging the other way. There’s a lot of different people, that are posting signs here for Trump, might not been seen before.
 

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ROGER PEASE, former mechanical worker:

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