Idaho Voters React To President Trump's Speech To Congress

Mar 1, 2017

We checked in with a few voters in Boise right after President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday night.

Republican Tyler Ricks actually voted for libertarian Gary Johnson last November. He wasn’t convinced candidate Trump would bring real change to Washington. But Ricks says he was happy to hear the president sound more – well – presidential.

“It was more calm," says Ricks. "And I think that came across – you know that he does truly care about Americans.”

He says Trump’s speech spoke to him directly.

“A line that I did like in the President’s address was that education is like the next human right, basically. I mean that’s the issue that affects young Americans the most.”

Democrat Melanie Folwell agrees the president struck a different tone during the speech.

“I will admit I had low expectations going in,” says Folwell.

But the self-employed mother of two says tone is not enough. Folwell was paying close attention to what the president didn’t say, especially about refugees. She’s disappointed by the Trump administration’s decision to temporarily halt the refugee program.

“Here in Idaho, and specifically here in Boise, we have a lot of refugees. My kids go to school with kids from over 20 countries around the world…and a lot of the kids they know are refugees of war.”

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