CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota speaks with a group of Donald Trump supporters about where they get their news. Transcript, via CNN:
CAMEROTA: So, during the course of the presidential campaign, we routinely checked in with some of Donald Trump's supporters to find out why they were so passionate about the businessman and whether that passion ever wavered during various controversies. Well, this week we circled back with several of them to see what they think of his plan as president-elect, where they get their news now, and whether they were surprised on election night.
CAMEROTA: OK, show of hands, who was surprised on election night? None of you were surprised? Though so many people in the country were surprised by Donald Trump's win.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I had confidence in Trump's ability from the very beginning. So I never doubted him the entire time.
CAMEROTA: Paula, were you concerned when the polls suggested that he was not going to win?
PAULA JOHNSON, DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER: I knew he was going to win, because when you believe in somebody, and Mr. Trump always makes things happen.
CAMEROTA: What signs have you seen that you think are good signs so far?
SUSAN DELEMUS, DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER: I think all the people that I'm looking at that Trump has appointed or nominated have all been top of the class, number one in their field, extremely talented, great leaders on their own.
CAMEROTA: Very funny to hear you say that. Do you remember who you really did not like last time around?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Time to get rid of him?
CAMEROTA: Time to get rid of Reince Priebus?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Exactly. Time to get rid of him.
CAMEROTA: Reince Priebus.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's right.
CAMEROTA: He is now the chief of staff. So Reince Priebus, you all said, he's got to go. Time for him to go. How do you feel today?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Smart move.
JOHNSON: I think it's a very smart move because now he keeps the Republicans in check. He knows how to work with them because he was the head of the GOP. And now if they want to get elected again, they need to tow the line.
CAMEROTA: So now you like Reince Priebus.
JOHNSON: I don't like him, but I think it's a good pick that Mr. Trump
CAMEROTA: How do you all feel? Toni, how do you -- do you know much about Steve Bannon? How do you feel about Steve Bannon?
TONI DIBARTOLO, DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER: I like him. I don't know too much about him. I'm more of a General Flynn fan, I would say.
CAMEROTA: What do you like about Flynn?
DIBARTOLO: I just -- I just feel that he will be an amazing leader. I love his military background. I think he's strong. I think he will give President Trump sound advice, you know, when to move, when not to be too aggressive, when to be aggressive. I think he'll do that. And I think he will be a strong asset.
CAMEROTA: You know he has said what are considered controversial things about Muslims. He has said that he doesn't -- basically that he considered it a political ideology, not a religion. He had called it a cancer.
GEN. MICHAEL FLYNN: Islam is a political ideology. It is a political ideology. It -- it definitely hides behind this -- this notion of it being a religion.
CAMEROTA: It's interesting to talk to you, Toni, about this because, remember, we talked --
DIBARTOLO: Yes, we did.
CAMEROTA: Last time around about your feeling about some of your Muslim coworkers, I believe.
DIBARTOLO: Yes. Yes.
CAMEROTA: And you had a close relationship. Are you concerned about General Flynn's comments?
DIBARTOLO: I'm not. I feel that people do say stuff that maybe they regret at times, and then they slept on it, and move forward. And I feel that maybe some of the stuff was taken out of context, or maybe he didn't exactly mean it. I'm in support of him, and I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
CAMEROTA: But you find those comments regrettable? Meaning you hope that they were taken out of context?
CAMEROTA: On their own, they would bother you?
DIBARTOLO: Yes, they would. They would. To be honest, they would. I -- because I don't -- I don't want people lumped together in just one category based on their religion.
CAMEROTA: How do you feel about the white nationalist movement? The
alt-right? The -- some neo-Nazi salutes that we've seen? What are we to make of the -- the -- what feels like a groundswell of that with the Steve Bannon Breitbart connection?
JOHNSON: You know what? I'll tell you something. That's been around forever. You know, if you -- if you keep reporting on it, it's going to grow like a cancer. If you forget about it, then it's probably going to go away. But the media has to hop on everything, and it's wrong.
CAMEROTA: There have been protests --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They've been tipping cars over and burning them.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't even know if they know what they're protesting.
JOHNSON: Protesting. And some of them didn't even vote.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are they -- what are they protesting?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE).
JOHNSON: They didn't even vote. Voting is a privilege in this country. And you need to be legal, not like California where 3 million illegals voted.
CAMEROTA: Let's talk about that.
JOHNSON: I'm glad I brought that up, Alisyn
CAMEROTA: Me, too, Paula. So where are you getting your information?
JOHNSON: From the media. Where else would we get it?
CAMEROTA: Which media?
JOHNSON: Some of it was CNN, I believe, and --
CAMEROTA: CNN said that 3 million illegal people voted in California?
JOHNSON: Well, it was coming all across the media. All across. If CNN didn't do it, then they were being smart this time.
CAMEROTA: Do you think that 3 million illegal people voted?
JOHNSON: I believe in California that there were illegals that voted.
CAMEROTA: How many?
JOHNSON: I don't -- to tell you the truth, nobody really knows that number.
CAMEROTA: But do you think three dozen or do you think 3 million? JOHNSON: I think there was a good amount because the president told
people that they could vote and it happened in Nashua we caught some people --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
JOHNSON: That they went into Nashua and they said, the president said I could vote. I'm here illegally.
CAMEROTA: Did you hear President Obama say that illegal people could vote?
JOHNSON: Yes, I did.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I did.
CAMEROTA: On what -- on what (INAUDIBLE) --
JOHNSON: I actually did hear it.
CAMEROTA: Tell me, where.
DIBARTOLO: On -- you can find it -- Google it. You can find it on FaceBook.
CAMEROTA: All right. Hold on. I don't want to waste any more time, but, anyway, I see where it came from and it's -- Fox Business Network deceptively edited a clip of Barack Obama to argue that the president encouraged illegal immigrants to vote when in fact he said nothing of the sort when you go back to the transcript.
You, as you sit here today, think that millions of illegal people voted in this country. You believe that there was widespread voting abuse?
JOHNSON: I think there was in some states.
CAMEROTA: In the millions of people?
JOHNSON: I -- California allows it. People --
CAMEROTA: They do not allow illegal -- you mean illegal -- you mean voter fraud, California allows?
JOHNSON: I believe there is voter fraud in this country.
CAMEROTA: A flag burning -- flag burning, people should go to jail?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely.
CAMEROTA: And lose their citizenship?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Community service.
JOHNSON: And you know what?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely.
JOHNSON: And it's a sad thing --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, they shouldn't, but they should get a ticket for starting a fire out in public in (INAUDIBLE).
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But you need a permit for it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You need a permit for --
JOHNSON: But how many of these people --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, they should go get a permit if they want to have a fire.
JOHNSON: How about illegals that are burning our flag and yet we're not arresting them and deporting them and they burn our flags. Do you want to be in our country, but you burn our flag because you don't like --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No allegiance.
JOHNSON: No allegiance, exactly. Send them home. I can't wait for the wall to be built.
CAMEROTA: What happens if the wall isn't built? If Mr. Trump doesn't build the wall, then how do you feel?
JOHNSON: I think -- I believe he will build the wall, but he will make sure that we have enough border patrol out there to take care of this country.
CAMEROTA: And there you have it. I mean, that is how they feel. They're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt right now and they believe that he is strong, but the specifics don't matter to some of his supporters as much as they matter to the media. We've always heard that we in the media took him literally, not seriously. They took him seriously, not literally. And you see that.