The Trump Cafe in Bellville, Texas. Photograph: Tom Dart for the Guardian
Lulu and Thomas Rocha had just finished eating at a Mexican eatery in nearby Brenham, a charming town known for being the headquarters of Blue Bell Creameries, an ice-cream maker that remains deeply beloved by Texans despite a recent listeria outbreak in 2016.
Brenham, like most places in the nation outside the major cities, voted for Trump. The only Hillary sign that we ensure was set her in jail, said Thomas, a 79 -year-old retired firefighter and US navy veteran.
If you stop and think about it, all of these other politicians, theyve all got bad stuff behind them too, you know? So hey, lets give this a chance and ensure, his wife, 71, said. I think hell be great. She doubted that hacking chose the election and felt the medias focus was misplaced, she said.
Everybody snoops on everybody, and all that, and now with all this technology theres hacking done all over the place. But what gets me is that, I mean,[ the press] are just bulldogs on something like that, but they can dismis everything that Hillary has done, she said.
Thomas Rocha is looking forward to inauguration day. Ive got it on my calendar, you know? God bless America again, on the 20 th. Thats how I feel about it.
Similar positions were expressed elsewhere. Asked about the claims that Russia collected compromising information about Trump, Richard Kienzle, 62, a retired physician from Atlanta, Georgia, said: I havent been following that. Im sure theres going to be an attempt to vilify Trump by the Democrat. Im sure the report about Russia hacking the election is false to build his election looking false. We need a purge of leftwing Democrats and the loony left.
A new Pew Research Center survey found that most Americans believe Russia was behind the hacks of the Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign. But Democrat are now much more likely than Republicans to think of Russia as an opponent, with Republicans increasingly warming to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
But Kienzle remains loyal to the celebrity billionaire despite having reservations, he added. Im still a advocate. Hes bringing in a lot of business people, a lot from Goldman Sachs; I dont necessarily agree with that. I dont know if he will be able to reverse trade agreements without starting a trade war.
Thom Majka, a business development director, said the media had not gotten its facts straight. I look at it as a lack of credibility. The US mainstream media has no love lost for Trump and theyll do whatever they can to challenge him. If anything, it makes me support even more what hes trying to accomplish.
Benjamin Marchi, a healthcare business proprietor who was at Trumps election victory party in New York, on 8 November, also rejected the dossier as nonsense.
Its pretty clear. The fact that director of national intelligence Clapper has stated the intelligence community doesnt believe its dependable should be a pretty clear message to commentators that the media jumped the firearm on this, Marchi, a 38 -year-old from Easton, Maryland, said. With trust in the media at an all-time low, Im not sure this is going to improve it.
Overall, Marchi said he was pleased with Trumps actions as president-elect and more enthusiastic than ever. Today I could not be more pleased to see his pickings for various postures for the cabinet His reliance on true professionals who know how to get the job done, rather than rewarding political friends, has really impressed me.
Lei Ann Gleaves, 49, a stay-at-home mother from Franklin, Tennessee, said: Since Ive been all about supporting Trump from the beginning, when he said its not true, I believed him. My spouse and I were actually giggling about it.
But I think the whole thing is very relate: the intelligence should not be leaking; our intelligence people were wrong and they should not be wrong; and why are you leaking bad information about the person whos about to be your boss? If I thought my boss was doing something unethical, I would just quit.
Michael Barnett, 39, a lawyer in Palm Beach, Florida, was similarly inclined to give Trump, in his terms, the benefit of the doubt.
I couldnt form an intelligent opinion until I read more about it. I know it sounds strange but I havent been paying attention, Barnett said.