A selection of voters who supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election are starting to turn away from him because of the government shutdown that is now more than five weeks old.
The Washington Post spoke with several Trump voters in a county north of Detroit, and a common theme regarding the shutdown, which began Dec. 22 over a disagreement about border security, is that it is becoming a major point of contention among GOP voters.
Retired Navy reservist Jeff Daudert, 49, said: "It's silly. It's destructive. I was certainly for the anti-status quo. . . . I'll be more status quo next time."
Daudert went on to say he does not plan to vote for Trump in 2020.
Jeremiah Wilburn, 45, told the Post he voted for former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but decided to support Trump in 2016.
"I was doing fine with him up until this government shutdown," Wilburn said. "It's ridiculous. You're not getting the wall built for $5 billion. And Mexico is not paying for it, we all know that, too. Meanwhile, it's starting to turn people like me away."
Trump won Michigan's Macomb County in 2016, which allowed him to take Michigan and, eventually, the election.
Trump voters the Post spoke with there think the president's impact on the state, and the nation as a whole, might not be as positive as the White House claims it is.
"Times have been good, but things are slowing down a bit," 62-year-old electrician Matt DeVuyst said. "If they don't find common ground with China, who knows? We're stable but nervous. It's the fear of the unknown."
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