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Donald Trump’s heartland voters shrug off global uproar over immigration ban

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Trump supporters celebrate as they attend the Inauguration Freedom Ball being held for US President Donald J Trump and first lady Melania Trump in Washington, US, January 20, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

The relaxed reaction among the kind of voters who drove Trump’s historic upset victory provided a striking contrast to the uproar that has gripped major coastal cities. Many of President Donald Trump’s core political supporters had a simple message on Sunday for the fiercest opponents of his immigration ban: Calm down. The relaxed reaction among the kind of voters who drove Trump’s historic upset victory – working- and middle-class residents of Midwest and the South – provided a striking contrast to the uproar that has gripped major coastal cities, where thousands of protesters flocked to airports where immigrants had been detained. In the St Louis suburb of Manchester, Missouri, 72-year-old Jo Ann Tieken characterized the president as bringing reason into an overheated debate. “Somebody has to stand up, be the grown up and see what we can do better to check on people coming in,” she said. “I’m all for everybody to stop and take a breath. Just give it a chance.”

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