A Sun staff report
As Donald Trump approaches the first anniversary of his inauguration, The Sun asked residents across Greater Lowell for their impressions about Trump. Here’s what they had to say:
Derek Babin, 47, Lowell (didn’t vote): “When he was elected, I said ‘He has the potential to be great, or he has the potential to be a total disaster.’ He’s a total disaster. The things he did in Puerto Rico, saying ‘You’re hurting our economy.’ It’s like, man, it’s a natural disaster. Help them out. They’re ours — Puerto Rico is ours. And the way he’s dealing with North Korea, it’s just disastrous. He changed his tune once he went to Japan because the prime minister of Japan probably said ‘Could you cool your jets? You’re gonna get us nuked.
Judy Gatto, 60, Lowell (didn’t vote): “I hate him. He didn’t need to be president. He has too much money, you know? He’s starting stuff with Korea and whatnot, you know? My son, my baby, he’s stationed in Kuwait. … I hope nothing burns out over there. Trump, man, he’s causing problems with everybody. How many people has he fired from his cabinet, you know?”
Richard R. Provencher, 73, Dracut (voted for Trump): “Trump is trying his hardest to do the things that he said he was going to do and, with the previous president in office for eight years, it will take time and maybe in one to two years, I would think we will see more of Trump’s policies being started and passed.
There’s been a lot of trouble because the Republicans don’t back him, and the Democrats seem to be against him most of the time, but I think his ideas are very good and we have to continue with him to change our country.”
Jeannine Sweeney, 74, Wilmington (voted for Clinton): “We’re having all these girls coming out saying these guys abused them and now we have a president who did the same thing. Where is the justice? If you’re powerful enough, you can get away with anything.
Eliezer Cruz, Lowell, 56 (voted for Clinton): “I think that his ego is too big for him. I think he’s thinking this whole presidency thing is a game show. To be a president you should be humble.”
Shirley Pumfrey, 82, Wilmington (voted for Trump): “I feel as though he really needs a chance and I think it’s good to have someone who wasn’t a politician. Does he do everything right? No. But, who does? We needed a change.”
Susan Selway, 54, Westford (voted for Trump): “I’m disappointed in the way the president conducts himself.”
Barbara Upperman, 68, Westford (voted for Trump): “I have mixed feelings because I think the government is out of alignment and I don’t think one president is going to fix what’s going on.
It’s going to take more than one president to do that.”
Marsha Russell, 75, Littleton (voted for Clinton):
“What were they thinking? It speaks to the educational level of the minority of voters in this country. I have removed the TV from my house so I don’t have to see him anymore.”
Bob Coan, 78, Acton (voted for Clinton): “My impressions? One-word description: disaster. And for the future: survival. Let’s make it through the next three years.”
Peter Previte, 69, Lowell (voted for Trump):
“I think he’s doing a fantastic job. As far as the thing that’s going on with North Korea, I think he’s standing up for us.”
William Cruz, 50, Lowell (declined to say whom he voted for): “He has some good points. He’s opened the door to Israel and Barack Obama was almost against the Jewish people. On the economy — I don’t think he knows what he’s doing.”
Zach Heisler, 28, Lowell (didn’t vote): “I travel internationally a lot, and it’s embarrassing, because people think I’m a racist, too.”
Diane McDermott, 53, Dracut (wrote in Bernie Sanders): “I can’t stand him. I’m afraid we’re going to war.”
Sean Burns, 48, Lowell (voted for Clinton): “Its longterm worse effects than I ever imagined. I’m concerned with all the appointments that are either not being made, or being made with unqualified people that will affect us for years to come.”
Heidi Lazar, 40, Chelmsford (voted for Clinton): “It’s an absolute disaster. It’s just an incredible embarrassment to the country to have him sitting in the office.”
Jakki Horan, 64, Chelmsford (voted for Clinton): “I think people who have been saying that ‘he tells it like it is’ should look at the history of Germany in 1930 and see if they can find the parallels.”
Mike Picardi, 30, Revere (voted for Trump): :
“I voted for Trump in the hope he would do good, but he’s making a fool of himself and my country. I kinda regret voting for him now.”
Steven Belanger, 47, Lowell (voted for Clinton): “Horrible. The only thing he’s passed is the tax bill. Nobody wants to work with him.”
Carol Blevins, 65, Lowell (voted for Clinton): “I think he’s come through with a lot of the things he said he was going to do. I voted for Hillary, but now I’m second-guessing that because he’s impressive.”
Mary Shore, 69, Lowell: “I think he’s doing a great job. I hope he builds the wall sooner rather than later. I’m hoping they start investigating Hillary Clinton because it seems like they’re trying to get away from that.”
Thomas Chambers, 47, Lowell (didn’t vote): “I don’t like the guy. I think he’s taking advantage of the people. His policies suck. North Korea is ready to bomb us and he’s going nothing about it. He’s going to ruin this country and he’s going to cause a war. He’s going to cause a civil war.”
Jackie Malone, 79, Lowell (voted for Clinton):
“I can’t even begin to express how disappointed and how outraged I am. He stands for everything I don’t want to see in this country.”
Anaid Rivera, 29, Lowell (voted for Clinton): “He’s acting like a crazy person. He has spread hate.”