YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WCMH) — The coffee was fresh at Yankee Kitchen Family Restaurant in Boardman, OH as a group of men who call themselves the Chatter Box finished their meeting as they have been doing since the 70’s.
The social group as one rule: no discussing religion or politics.
They broke their rule Tuesday to talk about President Donald Trump, his visit to neighboring Youngstown, his accomplishments to date in his young administration, and if they would change how they voted last November, if given the chance to do it all over again.
The region is typically thought of as a Democrat stronghold in Ohio, but last election voters went for Trump over Hillary Clinton.
Some of those voters were in the Yankee Kitchen Tuesday.
Across the room from the men, three generations shared a table for lunch; a mother her daughter, and her grandson.
The little boy, still sitting in a highchair was oblivious to the political discussion the mother and daughter were having.
The daughter, who has voted Democrat for years confessed she voted for Trump last election, not necessarily out of admiration but what she described as a lack of options.
For her, Clinton’s platform was unclear and at least Trump had some kind of plan.
“Yeah his promises might be empty promises but at least he made them. She didn’t even; I don’t even know what she was going to do. I really don’t. I have no idea what she was going do.”
And the “anyone but Trump” movement, coupled with a push to vote for Clinton simply because she was a woman did not impress the daughter much either.
Given what the daughter has seen so far, would she still vote for Trump if she had it to do over again?
Absolutely, she told her mother; who was also sympathetic to the President’s current situation.
“People are talking about, ‘oh well he’s not bringing the jobs, and he’s not doing this and that.’ He’s one person. If he doesn’t get some help pretty soon I think he’s going to be just in there for four years,” said the woman’s mother.
In the other room, the men were not as forgiving.
“[I] try and pick out one thing that he did; I can’t come up with anything,” said one man.
But there was one thing just about everyone agreed the President could do without.
“I think he’s doing an okay job under the circumstances. I just wish he would…” said the mother.
“Get off Twitter?” her daughter interrupted, stifling giggles.
“…Stop that tweeting,” finished her mother.
“I deleted tweeting off of my computer,” commented one of the seniors from the other room.
That same man did mention something else that is important to keep in mind when looking at how a democratic area elected a Republican President.
“This area has two types of politics: Local and National. Local; it’s just Democrat or nothing,” said the man.
With midterm elections just over a year away and seats at both the local and national level up for grabs, that assessment will be tested.