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South Dakota lawmaker continues to disapprove of Trump

July 21, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker says he still disapproves of President Donald Trump a year after he expressed disdain against the Republican National Convention’s support for the then-candidate.

Republican Rep. Isaac Latterell of Sioux Falls was among the nearly 30 delegates who cast South Dakota’s votes for Trump at the July 2016 convention, the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2vsPpTe ) reported.

But the lawmaker made it clear he wasn’t happy about the party’s decision when he rolled his eyes and put his hand over his face in an act of protest at the convention.

“I just think that it’s a sad day for the Republican Party,” Latterell said following last year’s convention. “I don’t think that the candidate that was chosen has a chance of winning the election, or being different than the other nominee.”

Latterell said Tuesday that Trump surprised him by winning the presidency, rolling back restrictions on energy producers and following through on nominating a conservative to the Supreme Court.

He said he’s disappointed the president is failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, pass a budget or bring tax reform.

“He’s been drowning in the D.C. swamp and failing on his promise to drain it,” Latterell said.

He said that rather than pushing against the Republican establishment and GOP leaders in Congress, Trump joined them when taking office.

“I could see who he really was and what was behind all the things he was saying and a lot of other people were believing him,” Latterell said. “I think he’s a result of the problem, but he isn’t the solution.”

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com