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Even Oprah Can't Wrangle a Productive Conversation Out of Trump Supporters

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Oprah made her debut as a special contributor for CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday night, traveling to Michigan to interview 14 voters—half who voted for Trump, half who did not—to ask how they think our current president is doing. It’s all upsetting.


One voter still rooting for Trump is Tom, a man who says he loves the President more and more everyday. But even Tom doesn’t like how Trump handles himself on social media, saying, “I still don’t like his attacks, his Twitter attacks, if you will, on other politicians. I don’t think that’s appropriate. But, at the same time, his actions speak louder than words. And I love what he’s doing to this country.”


Jennifer—a life-long Republican that voted for Hillary Clinton as a protest against Trump—says that when the President is off the teleprompter, his words make her sick to her stomach. Oprah then shares Trump’s first address on the violence in Charlottesville with the group (which was actually his more tempered speech) and, speaking of feeling sick to your stomach, Tom insists that the president was correct in blaming “both sides,” saying, “The KKK wasn’t fighting with the KKK. There were two groups.”

A woman named Rose, who voted for Obama before voting for Trump, claims that the country hasn’t given Trump a chance. Oprah attempts to argue that Trump is being judged on his words and actions, not “preconceived notions” about his character, but Rose only repeats herself:


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the round table went on for over three hours, with some people going out afterward to continue the discussion and making plans to meet up later at a gun range. It doesn’t seem like Oprah managed to drag much new information out of people who voted for Trump, just the same old nugget: they don’t care what the president says or does, and no one—not even god Oprah—will make them think any different.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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JujyMonkey: unstable genius

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Tom is someone who constantly mixes up the use of their, they’re and there along with your and you’re, not to mention to, two and too.