Donald Trump supporters keep faith as 100 days milestone reached

Amanda Walker, US Correspondent

Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark with record low approval ratings - but you wouldn't know it from speaking to hairdresser Charlotte Crockett.

As she gives her leopard print-gowned customer a short back and sides, I ask what she thinks President Trump has achieved so far.

"Well everything he said he was going to do - he is trying to do it. As far as the (health) insurance - he's trying to get that changed," she says.

"Of course they keep turning him down but that's OK, he's going to keep trying. He's a warrior - a warrior for America."

In fact, Charlotte believes he was sent by God - the way she feels about him is almost spiritual.

If he walked in here and asked for a haircut?

She laughs: "I'd have to just run my fingers through it because I'd be scared to death to cut his pretty hair."

And if he asked what she thought of his first 100 days?

"I would hug his neck and tell him I'm so proud to have him as my president," she says.

"He ain't done nothing but work since he got in there."

Charlotte insists there's nothing Mr Trump could do to turn her off him. "I'm turned on. It's a done deal," she adds.

He could fail at everything, she says, and she would still be on board.

Mr Trump would be equally welcome down the road in Hooper's supply store.

Every morning in the backroom, around 15 retirees meet to drink coffee and to set the world to rights.

Their ages range from 70 to 95 - between them they've seen plenty of presidents come and go - but none like Mr Trump.

"He's done a lot of good things so far I think," says Eddie Jernigan. "For 100 days I think he's been exceptional."

I put it to them that Mr Trump pitched himself as the dealmaker extraordinaire, but so far there are no big legislative achievements. Obamacare is still very much in place.

"There's a lot of alligators in that swamp," says Rick David.

"If you've never been a politician and never been up to Washington and had to work in that arena you don't realise that. I think he's doing a good job of overcoming it."

Mr Trump's style and rhetoric hasn't changed much since he entered office. Plenty of people want him to be more presidential.

Not these boys. "He does not need to tone it down," says Joe Frizzell. "If anything he needs to rev it up."

What's striking about these men, many of whom have fought in wars and worked hard for decades, is that collectively they are incredibly patient when it comes to Mr Trump.

They're willing to wait for him to deliver and if he doesn't, like Charlotte, the system, not Mr Trump will be to blame.

Ask Trump supporters across the Bible Belt why they love him and God will almost certainly feature in their answer.

At Charlotte Crockett's Wednesday night church service, her local pastor praises the Lord that Obama is no longer president.

"Everybody here loves Trump," she says.

"We pray for him every week - we prayed for him to get in and now we pray for him to succeed."

She believes the president will ultimately triumph - during his short time in office his base may not have expanded - but their loyalist hardcore faith will not be shaken.

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