Die-hard Republicans reach breaking point, even in deep red Texas

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Die-hard Republicans reach breaking point, even in deep red Texas

Conservatives are now feeling disillusioned with Trump as many suffer ‘buyers’ remorse’

Rozina Sabur

Tommy Stallings never envisioned the time would come when he would consider voting for a Democrat.

Raised in a Christian community in Lubbock, Texas, the 43-year-old says his faith has always guided his politics towards conservative, Republican values. In 2016, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was clear to him. “Hillary Clinton is on murals down here – murals that look like the devil,” he said. “It’s just been browbeaten into us that she’s this awful swamp creature that’s out for herself.”

But four years on, Stallings regrets his decision to vote for Trump, finding himself disillusioned with the US president – and his party. He says that his unease with Trump began early into his presidency, noting his “foul mouth” and rapid-fire tweets. But his “breaking point” came in July 2018, during the president’s press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, when Trump defended the Russian president against the US intelligence agencies’ assessment that Moscow had meddled in the US election...

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