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Trump Offends, But Still Has Defenders In WV

Donald Trump's support in West Virginia has been strong, and it's unclear so far if recently leaked comments will undermine that. (Michael Vadon/Wikipedia)
Donald Trump's support in West Virginia has been strong, and it's unclear so far if recently leaked comments will undermine that. (Michael Vadon/Wikipedia)
October 10, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- It's not yet clear what kind of impact Donald Trump's leaked comments will have in West Virginia, but a few Republican voters in Charleston are delivering a mixed but largely supportive verdict so far.

Before a recording leaked of Trump bragging about aggressive harassment of women, polling found him ahead by more than ten points in West Virginia. A few voters in the state describe his comments as offensive, but some still support him because Hillary Clinton is seen as a threat to the coal industry. John Bayliss of Hurricane downplayed Trump's comments as boasting.

"Everybody's probably at one time or another thinks they're a big deal,” Bayliss said. "I'm more anti-Hillary than anything. Hillary's a crook."

Bayliss cited Clinton as saying she is going to put coal miners out of work. Clinton's supporters said that quote is being taken out of context.

Kathy Boland of Charleston seemed unwilling to single Trump out, even as she said she found his comments offensive.

"Oh, I do. I find that obnoxious. It was 11 years ago, but I feel this is a parlance of people today,” Boland said. "I'm shocked that people would talk the way they talk. Everyone, women. It's just amazing to me."

Boland said she hasn't decided how she'll vote - and in fact she may stay home on election day.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV