Locals and Webb County political experts react to former President Trump’s indictment

Published: Apr. 4, 2023 at 4:17 PM CDT
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WEBB COUNTY, TX (KGNS) - The support for former President Trump grew within the last two election cycles.

In the midst of the former president’s indictment, both Webb County party leaders and potential voters voiced their opinions on whether Trump should once again hold office.

In Webb County, there are more than 100,000 registered voters.

The support for former President Trump has increased between 2016 and 2020 but with the news of his indictment many say they are not happy about it.

“He’s a very immoral person and he represents everything that is the worst of America” said Webb County resident Viola Godinez

“I think he is a disgrace, he overreached oversteps as a president a person over his on his position should have over respect for himself,” said Gino Almendarez IV.

Almendarez is a Republican registered voter and disagrees with the former president’s views, especially about certain news cycles covering Trump while in office.

“I feel that the media has made it worse than it actually is and we do have a lot of people coming through this country, but I also feel that yes it humanizing and the way he was doing it was de-humanizing,” said Almendarez

For Viola Godinez, who stands by the democrat party, she calls the former president a disrespectful leader.

“I don’t think he is interested in the Republican Party, he is interested in the Trump party”, said Godinez.

And lastly, both the Webb County Republican and Democratic chair leaders believe this indictment will impact people voting for Trump during the next presidential election.

“It’s a witch hunt, and that we are getting united because we want to bring back a good man,” said Webb County Republican Chair Luis de la Garza.

“It’s a scandal and it’s tragic that we have a former president being indicted, but you ought to be able to accept the fact that it’s something that he deserves,” said Webb County Democratic Chair Sylvia Bruni.

And with his eye on the 2024 race, many like Mr. Almendarez and Ms. Godinez say this historical indictment will definitely affect the way people will vote especially in Webb County.

“I just want somebody to fix this problems of this country, immigration when it comes to gas prices to uniting the country when it comes to uniting the county to derailing or to focus on a certain way,” said Almendarez.

Back in 2016, over 12,000 people voted for President Trump but that grew during the 2020 election cycle with Trump garnering more than 25,000 votes.

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