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In the week Donald Trump becomes President, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat have been on a Texas road trip to meet some of the younger voters who backed him.


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travelled two thousand miles around Texas to speak to the voters

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# I was born to lead, the land of the free.

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Americans who voted for Donald Trump weren't just the people

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She gained a massive amount of weight.

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Supporters believed only the Donald could make America great again.

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I needed and wanted to see jobs brought back to America.

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God has a big thing to do in my life.

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That wall will go up so fast, your head will spin.

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We are on a 2,500-mile road trip around the great state of Texas

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to hear why so many have put their trust in Donald Trump.

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# Say Hail to the Chief, I was born to lead.

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We are in Austin this morning and off to to meet a young lady

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called Hannah who voted for Donald Trump.

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It will be really interesting to hear her reasons for voting

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for him and particularly as a woman I guess because we know

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the things he has said, his attitudes to women has been

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criticised, but it will be interesting to hear whether that

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swayed her at all and the reason she gives for still supporting him.

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# If Donald Trump had said all the things you said he'd said

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She's in the minority here in Austin because she's a Trump voter

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and he doesn't have a lot of support here, unlike the rest of Texas.

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# How can you make the economy stronger so I don't have to work

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Were you watching on election night and how was it?

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I tell people that I was kind of laughing

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I don't know what is happening any more because I honestly

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I was surprised, I'm really glad he did.

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I needed and wanted to see jobs brought back to America

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and that was by far the most important issue.

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For me that drew me to the voting booth.

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Our jobs are being stolen like candy from a baby.

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It's not going to happen any more, folks.

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That's an issue that matters to me personally because I've been looking

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for more full-time employment for a long time now and I keep

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getting told after the third or fourth interview that,

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"We like you, we loved your interview, but we went with somebody

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who was willing to take a $10,000 pay cut and who has been doing

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He has been criticised for the comments he has made

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about women, being able to grab a woman and do what you want,

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and some of the things he said during the debates.

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Were you worried at all about what that said

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I can't be ideologically consistent saying that offends me.

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So what three things are you trusting Donald Trump to do

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in order to make sure that you don't regret voting for him?

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The three things that I'm trusting Donald Trump to do are to build

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the wall because he said he would, to bring jobs back to the US,

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and to increase the growth of the economy, and then to support

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Supreme Court justices who are going to uphold the Constitution

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So which particular bits of the Constitution

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are you concerned about, which you would like to see upheld?

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So, the laws regarding free speech are important to me and the laws

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that protect that free speech, as do our right to bear arms.

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Really interesting to hear Hannah's reason for voting.

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Yes, mostly jobs and I understand that.

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If you are worried about paying your bills at the end of the month,

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Yeah, and she has struggled to find a job since college

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and when it comes down to it, she has voted for the guy who says

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I think if you combine that with the social issues that

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are important to people, things like abortion

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and immigration, you can begin to understand how he managed

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to achieve the level of support he did.

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# And if anyone don't like it, just look 'em in the eye.

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# How did you come here and I ain't leaving,

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# Just roll me up and smoke me when I die...

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So we are heading more into the centre of Texas.

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This is hill country and we are going to meet

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a 26-year-old who has never been involved in politics before,

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but he said Donald Trump made him listen up for the first time.

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# I ain't leaving, so don't sit around and cry.

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# Just roll me up and smoke me when I die.

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Why is Donald Trump the right man to take this country on?

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He has a plan for America and he is the one that can actually,

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So, the night of the election were you watching the results coming

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God has a big thing to do with it in my life and I think he took care

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What were the things that Donald Trump specifically

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said that you thought, yeah, that is why

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They bring in crime, they are rapists and some,

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There are so many people in this country living for free and I'm

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paying for them and that's very aggravating to me because taxes,

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I'm feeding people, families, that aren't even supposed

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Prisons, they're full of illegal immigrants as well and I just

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That's more money going down the drain from me and from our

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country because they are putting in it too.

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Your father came illegally from central America.

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Does that have any impact on how you voted or how you feel

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My dad in the 80s, he immigrated to this country illegally,

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but the thing that differentiates him from the average guy

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on the street is he actually did it the right way.

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He started working, worked hard and he came up from nothing.

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He became legal as soon as he could and once he got

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everything established, he took the steps and he

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When there are so many people just living in the shadows and doing

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everything sketchy in my opinion, that's a weird word,

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Are you expecting Donald Trump to literally build a wall now,

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or did you see it as more of a metaphor, saying

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we are going to stop people crossing over?

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Are you expecting him to put bricks down?

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Barack Obama said he was going to step up border enforcement

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Personally I have been down to the border on hunting trips

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and it is crazy the amount of trucks you see running around that

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part of the country down south on the border.

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I mean, every two miles you drive you seek a US border patrol truck,

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I mean, every two miles you drive you see a US border patrol truck,

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If that money was filtered into a physical wall,

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like you say, laying bricks down, that could make a definite impact

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But some areas are so impassable that it is not feasible to build

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What are you then trusting Donald Trump to deliver

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on now that he is just about to become president?

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We are going to get rid of the criminals and stuff like that

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Hopefully just bring the country back together

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and that is going to make America great.

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When was the last time America was great?

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I would say I wasn't alive, but Reagan?

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Yeah, that was around the time your dad came.

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Right, OK, I think that's all the questions you probably need.

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Thank you for agreeing to speak with us.

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There's no getting away from the fact that his dad walked

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for three days across the desert to illegally come to the US

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during the 1980s and one generation later he is voting primarily to stop

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that immigration and others following in his father's footsteps.

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But, you know, he didn't vote for Donald Trump

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because he literally expected a wall.

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I think we are so used to, in politics, people

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voting on what they hear, but this is different.

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They don't expect Donald Trump to deliver word for word,

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they just generally liked what he was saying and if he comes

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kind of close to that, that might be good enough for them.

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# Welcome to the world, daddy's little girl.

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# With his gun and his head held high, my daddy said...

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We've come south to San Antonio to meet a more reluctant Trump voter.

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So Donald Trump won, how did you feel when you saw the result?

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I'm not jumping up and down and elated that he's the president,

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but I am jumping up down and elated that Hillary Clinton is not I guess.

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Religious freedom is very important to me and Hillary Clinton has

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already pretty much declared full-scale war on that.

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Cultural codes, religious beliefs, have to be changed.

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So that's one thing, and then just the fact that

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if you feel like you can take away one of our rights, you feel

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The things he said about women, the things he said about black

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Did it influence how you voted at all?

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Trump has definitely said some negative things about black people,

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much like about women, but personally my identity comes

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I have a military background, my dad was in the Air Force for 20 years.

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I'm a Christian and I was home-schooled and these

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are all values that are very important to me.

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What three things are you now trusting Donald Trump to do now that

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you voted for him and he has been elected president?

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I am trusting in Donald Trump first off to take our national security

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I am trusting him to protect all of our rights and the Bill

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of Rights, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to freedom

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And I am trusting him to protect parents' right to make decisions

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regarding their children's health and education and well-being.

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Everyone without fail who we have met who has voted for Trump spoke

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really strongly about how much they don't like Hillary Clinton.

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And they don't like her more than they do like him a lot of the time.

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So you can't come to Texas without eating barbecue.

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# Well, brother and sister, if you want to see my Jesus,

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This is taking us off the highway and back on again.

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We are nowhere where we need to be yet.

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One more stop and that is to meet a member

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Were you always a supporter of him, did you always have a good feeling

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Donald Trump was probably the bottom of my list,

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I've seen a genius in him that must also reflect well

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Many people will feel like they haven't seen

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Can you explain to them what genius you are seeing?

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Well, true genius I think is not so much how much talent you have,

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but using what's around you, using your personal resources,

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going through your Rolodex and figuring out who can do the jobs

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Was there anything that he did during the campaign that made

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Well, it's hard to say because there are certain things

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that he wouldn't address and that is his success.

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He didn't go into abortion, we hardly ever heard

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He didn't say anything about homosexuality hardly.

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Those issues are pretty important to the social core of a party.

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If you are a social conservative and if you are a Bible

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believing Christian, you believe that God

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Why does God keep coming up in politics here?

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I don't know, I don't know his heart.

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I'm sure he's not evangelical or a Bible student, but I think

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lately he's starting to wake up a little bit.

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You have seen his language change somewhat.

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Do you think he is in the process of finding God as he becomes

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I don't know if in his position he would be able to pursue

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It would be very difficult as president.

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He hasn't demonstrated much piety or humility so far.

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I think that is an issue with many conservatives.

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That is why he didn't do so well in Texas the first time.

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So, what are you trusting Donald Trump to do then?

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I am trusting him to build a coalition.

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He is not going to be able to lead if he doesn't have the right people

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because he is brand-new to the process, so he needs them.

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It is with the benefit of hindsight, which is a wonderful thing,

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not surprising that Donald Trump won this election and won

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Not only did Donald Trump become president, there were other

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elections going on at the same time for the Senate and the House

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of Representatives, America's parliament,

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and the Republican party now have complete control,

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which will make Donald Trump's life a lot easier in terms of passing

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So, 2000 miles, seven cities, time to go home.

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Parts of the USA are experiencing a major ice storm and you can see all

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about

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In the week Donald Trump becomes President, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat have been on a Texas road trip to meet some of the younger voters who backed him. Why did they do it, and what do they now hope to see?