Give Trump a chance, Canadian supporter says
Canadian woman who campaigned for Donald Trump explains the president-elect’s appeal.
Dual Canadian citizen and former Torontonian Georganne Burke believes Donald Trump's coming presidency won't be a continuation of the divisive, controversial and sometimes vulgar nature of his campaign.
"I think he does want to reach out," Burke told CBC Toronto's Matt Galloway during an interview on Metro Morning.
Burke points to the conciliatory tone Trump struck in his victory speech on Wednesday morning.
"I don't think he's an intemperate man. I think this is someone who understands the gravity of the position he has and I think we will see a very responsible, mature and capable individual."
'Regular, ordinary Americans'
Burke, who campaigned for Trump in Virginia, says that some of Trump's more contentious statements during the campaign may have generated a lot of attention because the media clung to them, but his message goes beyond controversial sound bites.
"Everyone completely missed how much he appealed to regular, ordinary Americans, whatever their background. He spoke to the concerns of the American people."
Trump has referred to Mexican people as "rapists" and has discussed banning Muslims from entering the United States.
"He voiced some of the things that people were thinking and were afraid to say because they would be called racist or misogynist," Burke said.
While Trump's statements drew significant backlash from cultural groups, Burke says that she met people from different backgrounds during the campaign and that his victory is the "whitewashing" some have called it.
"My experience in Virginia is showed me that this was multicultural, multiracial, multi age-group, men and women."
"People underestimated the depth and breadth of the impact Donald Trump had across the country," Burke said.