Focus Group With Trump Voters Savages President on MSNBC: ‘We All Knew He Was a Nut’


“Contemptible,” “crazy,” and “we all knew he was a nut” are the words a Pittsburg, Pennsylvania focus group used to describe President Donald Trump — including a few of his voters.

A room of Americans who supported Trump, Hillary Clinton, and a third-party candidate in the election tore into the president’s performance during his over eight months in office. They did not hold their criticisms to just the president though, as they also hit Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In a segment aired on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, many of these Trump supporters did not voice a die-hard support for the president himself, even when describing the reasons they cast their vote. “It was more of an anti-Hillary vote,” said one; “I didn’t want more of what we already had,” said another.

“I look at a president to be presidential, someone who is calm, focused… In some aspects, [Trump is] almost turning into a politician in a different way, saying things he thinks his base wants to hear. He’s let me down,” said one Trump voter during the focus group, per Politico.

“I traditionally am in the ‘give the guy a chance’…. His learning curve has been a little disappointing, meaning he hasn’t caught on like everyone has said here, ‘If he did this, he’d be OK,'” voiced another Pittsburgh resident who supporter the president during the election.

Pittsburgh represents a large chunk of the vote in Pennsylvania’s second largest county. However, Clinton won the city’s county by an overwhelming majority, taking 75 percent of the vote, so the votes of these disgruntled Pittsburgh Trump supporters may already be a lost cause for the president’s re-election initiative.

Ironically, Trump recently harkened upon the voters of Pittsburg to make a statement about his policies, justifying his pull-out of the Paris climate agreement by saying, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” In part, the president was correct in saying this, as he is the first Republican candidate to win the state of since the late 1980s.

He won the state by a thin margin of 44,000 votes, and if this focus group — along with his plummeting approval ratings — are representative of what those in the state feel toward the president, he should feel uneasy about his future in a state many cite as a primary reason he was elected.

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma