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Why five Tennesseans enduringly support Trump

Trump & Obama figurines in shop window
Thomas Wilmer

Over the course of the past few months I’ve covered the breadth of Tennessee on assignments for my digital media podcast show. When time allowed, at the conclusion of an interview, when the subject had made mention of Trump, I’d ask if they might share their feelings about why they support Trump.

Judy Ranne, an 80 year-old lifelong resident of Jackson, Tennessee grew up as a sharecropper’s daughter and today she volunteers at the Carnegie Center for the Arts and History in downtown Jackson.

Clark Shaw owns the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson. He’s also the local coordinator for Franklin Graham’s (Billy Graham’s son) Decision America Tennessee Tour.

Jay Harrison owns the Outpost Restaurant at Pickwick Dam, on the outskirts of Savannah, Tennessee.

Charlie Ford owns the English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill near Sevierville in the Smokey Mountains.

84-year old retired medical missionary and physician John Freeman oversees the Green Frog Farm wedding venue and bed and breakfast in Alamo, Tennessee.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.