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Pennsylvanian Republican chairman supports Trump, backs it up
Ever since business mogul, reality TV star and controversial public figure Donald Trump announced his campaign for President of the United States on June 16 of last year, the divide between his supporters and opponents has become increasingly evident regardless of party affiliation.
Conservative magazine "The National Review" released an entire issue last week dedicated to the "Against Trump" movement. While many conservatives backed the publication with many well-known editors contributing to it, you will not find the name Robert Martin on that list.
Attorney Martin is the chairman of the Republican Venango County Committee in western Pennsylvania, and he expresses a strong backing for the presidential candidate. In his statements, he represents his own personal views and not necessarily those of his committee.
"I like a lot of what Trump is saying," said Martin. The lawyer is quick to acknowledge that Trump may not be as refined in his rhetoric or politically correct as some would prefer, but "he's not as offensive as the press has made it out to be" according to Martin.
"Typically, a person's strength is his weakness," said Martin in reference to Trump's boisterous manner of addressing issues.
"His extreme positions are an opening for negotiation," said Martin in regards to Trump's stances on immigration reform for the Middle East and Mexico. "Obviously, his positions on immigration have to be moderated."
Martin views Trump's political motives behind tightening up immigration as a way to help out the middle class that are "squeezed at both ends," Martin said. Martin cites big-business republicans as wanting more immigrants for cheaper labor and democrats wanting them for a bigger liberal demographic of voters.
Martin references a quote from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal who once said, "Immigration without assimilation is not immigration; it is invasion." Reform that enforces that philosophy, Martin says, will help out the middle class. Martin disagrees with the notions of Trump being racist or xenophobic as some in the media suggest.
Regarding the "Against Trump" issue of "The National Review," Martin feels it was a hit piece and full of "a lot of name-calling." Honestly, Martin admitted to thinking of Trump's bid for the White House as a joke at first like many others still do, but he has grown to agree with his politics. As a Trump supporter, Martin believes Trump will listen to the grassroots because he does not need the campaign money.
As an experienced businessman, Trump is favorable to Martin's dissatisfaction with the current republican establishment, which he feels is not properly addressing the problems of the average person and has not for the past eight years.
"People have had it with the establishment," said Martin after comparing the Republican Party establishment to Lucy from the "Peanuts" ready to tear away the football from Charlie Brown: the average republican.
Martin thinks Trump's momentum towards a possible republican nomination and the oval office will continue to build, and that largely depends on what the other candidates and establishment do to put the average republican in more or less distress.
"If I'm still angry in November, I'll vote for him." said Martin. If Trump does win the nomination, Martin's committee will get the chance to support him as a candidate for the presidency.