Trump voter believes new leader will be boon to all

Mr Warren Weisberg believes the new leader will be a boon for the entire country.
Mr Warren Weisberg believes the new leader will be a boon for the entire country. ST PHOTO: PAUL ZACH

BEREA (Ohio) • Mr Warren Weisberg looked every bit the stereotype of the white working man who voted for President-elect Donald Trump, as he fiddled with an electrical socket in a kitchen wall. He was renovating a rundown home on Cleveland's west side.

Surprised but encouraged by the election result, he believes the new leader will be a boon, not just for him, his wife and two children, but also the entire country.

"The main reason I voted for Trump is I think we needed a change in the ideology of the country. Jobs are needed," he said. "With 95 million Americans out of work, 58 million on food stamps and entitlements, it's scary".

At age 53 and a graduate of Cleveland State University, Mr Weisberg has one trait not common to Trump voters - he's Jewish, a group wary of Mr Trump for what is seen as his fuelling of anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Mr Weisberg has little interest in politics, barely remembering whom he voted for in past elections. But the home restoration contractor thinks Mr Trump will ease some of the burdens of small businesses like his - especially tough environmental rules.

"When you overregulate business, it's killing the economy of America," he said. He is grateful that the government cleaned up the Cleveland rust-belt, but said: "I do think you can go overboard. There are more pressing issues than global warming."

He added: "Another reason I'm in Trump's camp is that we should use all our resources, not just concentrate on solar and wind. If we have them, we should use them."

Paul Zach

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 13, 2016, with the headline 'Trump voter believes new leader will be boon to all'. Print Edition | Subscribe