South Florida supporters excited about Trump inauguration; others wary

“I’m very excited. I’m very optimistic,” he said. “Things are going to change. People are going to be held accountable, finally.”

Citing companies that have been jawboned by the president-elect, and are altering plans to export jobs or announcing plans to bring jobs back to the U.S., VanderVoort said Trump has already produced positive results.

Veronica Block, 46, of Delray Beach, is a registered Democrat and part-time photographer. Voted for Clinton.

Block started volunteering for Clinton at a June 2015 organizing meeting in Pompano Beach. “Of course I’m disappointed, but I have to accept the fact that [Trump] won. I am not going to obsess about it. I have to accept it and move on,” she said.

Block said part of the acceptance process for her means getting some distance and perspective. She vacationed in Iceland after the election. And she’s not planning to attend any counter-inaugural events. “I’m just staying away right now from all the negativity around the fact that he won, and just keep moving forward and do what I can do to make this country a better place.”

Block said she doesn’t think Trump needs to stop tweeting when he’s sworn in, but she’d like him to dial down some of his comments. “Tweeting is how you communicate these days,” she said.

Kathy Palacio, 64, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, is a Republican who is retired from the landscape nursery business. Voted for Trump.

Palacio is “very optimistic. I’m excited and a little nervous because of all the obstacles in his way and all these groups trying to fight him.”

Still, she said, she expects a successful presidency. “He’s a very good negotiator. And he’s definitely got our country’s interest first,” she said. “He is going to have a very good impact on the economy.”

Palacio expects Trump to keep his promises. No. 1 for her: repealing Obamacare.

As president, she’d like Trump to maintain his presence on Twitter. “There’s some times he doesn’t maybe think it out before he does some of his tweets.” But on balance, she said, it’s good for people to hear directly what’s on their president’s mind.

Robert Heller, 32, of Davie, is a registered Independent who works as a server. Voted for Clinton.

“Hopefully he can do the best he can do. It’s nothing we have any control over. I’m not going to be bitter about the election. It is what it is,” he said, adding that he’s “not positive or negative. Basically I just hope that things will change for this country like he says.”

Heller said he likes Trump’s definitive style. “He puts his foot down. He’s not scared to talk.” Still, he said, he isn’t a fan of Trump’s tweeting. “He’s always putting down people,” Heller said. “He should be doing other things with his time.”

Andrew Brett, 52, of Wilton Manors, is a Republican who works in sales and marketing. Voted for Trump.

Looking to the inauguration, Brett is “totally excited. I’m not nervous at all.”

“He’s done more since the election than Barack Obama’s done in the last eight years. … There are [jobs] coming back here to the United States because of him,” he said.

He said Trump’s tweeting is “brilliant. You know why? Because when he tweets he says what’s on his mind and the media has to respond.”

Elizabeth Robinson, 81, of Fort Lauderdale, is a registered Republican and retired registered nurse. Voted for Clinton — the first time she ever voted for a Democrat for president.

“I’m a little cautious, but I hope he does well. I hope everybody gets behind him. The election’s over and we’re going to have a new president, and everybody wants the country to do well and Trump to do well,” she said.

Robinson isn’t confident that Trump will be able to keep his promises. “I’m pleased about that. I think he made some pretty profound statements and I hope he doesn’t carry those through — about the wall and Mexicans and about immigration, about how he was going to put Hillary in jail.”

Robinson said she isn’t a fan of Trump on Twitter. “He should concentrate on other things.”

Angela R. Mann, 57, of Boca Raton, is a registered Republican and pharmacist. Voted for Trump.

Just before the first Florida rally of Trump’s presidential campaign, in October 2015, Mann predicted that “Donald Trump will be our next president, without any doubts.” On Friday, she will be in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

“I supported Trump on the very first day that he decided to run. I supported Trump through this election and will support Trump for the next eight years. Yes, I did say eight years. I then hope to support and vote for his daughter Ivanka, who I believe will one day run for president. I had a strong vision and believe that this will become reality,” Mann said by email.

Bob Scott, 62, of Okeechobee (formerly Wilton Manors) is a Republican who works as a project engineer. Voted for Trump.

“I’m excited for the future,” he said, a feeling that’s renewed “every time you look at his Twitter feed. I’m very confident that this will work out fine.”

He said Trump’s direct communication with people via social media “is the best thing in the world. I’d like to see him tone it down on occasion, but that’s me. I’m not the president. He can do whatever he wants. If he wants to tell it like it is, like he has all along, then tell it.”

He wishes people who didn’t vote for Trump would root for him to succeed. “He ain’t getting no respect. But that’s OK, he’s a big man.” His message to Democrats: “Get in the back of the bus the way you told us to and let’s see if Donald can drive.”

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