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What do Trump voters want to see the new president prioritize? Immigration, jobs, security




US President Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump (L) on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC.
US President Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump (L) on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC.
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Candidate Donald Trump made a number of promises throughout his campaign — promises to bring back jobs, build a wall at the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it and increase screening of immigrants to this country, to name a few.

But he struck a different tone in his acceptance speech Tuesday night, when he called on America “to come together as one united people.”

AirTalk’s Larry Mantle spoke with former Riverside County Trump delegate Ben Clymer Jr. about what he wants to see from Trump’s presidency.

“First, focus on jobs,” said Clymer. “Second, and really close to equally important, unity... and third, it would be the Supreme Court picks.”

We also asked listeners to share the issues they want Trump to prioritize in hist first 100 days. Here are some responses:  

Immigration

Wakefield in Chicago: I want the government agency to protect the border and stop drugs flowing into the country and destroying our kids. I want him [Trump] to enforce strict vetting on all the refugees in certain areas, including those who are already in this country.

Abe in Laguna Niguel: I think that we need to crack down on illegal immigration in California. I'm a private contractor —  work with many day laborers —  my guys are all citizens, I know they're paying taxes. Day laborers [who are] undocumented workers aren't and that is unfair.

Infrastructure

Joe in Torrance: The most important thing we need to start off with is the infrastructure. This country is falling apart. The schools, the roads, the bridges, the highways —  there's talks of so many other things, but something you can actually start with, something that everybody can coalesce around, is the infrastructure.

ISIS

Deborah in Venice: I want Trump to take control of what's going on in the Middle East  — listen to the generals on the ground and focus on ISIS.

Security

Wakefield in Chicago: First thing I want Mr. Trump to focus on is definitely law and order. I live in Chicago... it's a crazy city. Everyday we have at least two or three persons get killed. So definitely I want policemen to protect our inner-city and suburbs.

The Supreme Court Vacancy

Leslie in Laguna Beach: Get our Supreme court filled. That vacancy is an important one and obviously as a conservative I'd like to see a Constitutional jurist on the bench.

Unity

Leslie in Laguna Beach: I really am hopeful that Donald Trump does  a much better job, very early, communicating that his supporters and his philosophy and the way he'll manage our country is not born out of racism and bigotry, and can be a much more inclusive dialogue... I hope he does a much better job of calming the fears of my neighbors, in California in particular, who I understand are afraid.

Veterans

Jack in Azusa: I want Trump to address veterans issues, specifically with government asking veterans to repay the signing bonus here in California.

Interviews have been edited for clarity. Click on the blue playhead above to hear the full discussion.

Guest: 

Ben Clymer Jr., CFO of Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop and president of the Lincoln Club of Riverside County; he is also a delegate for Donald Trump



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