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Midstate congressman cheers Trump win, says work starts now

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 9, 2016 5:07 PM
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(Harrisburg) --President-elect Donald Trump can now officially begin preparations to move into the White House in January, helped in part by a surge of support in the midstate.

Midstate republican Congressman Scott Perry, who has backed Trump for months, is looking at the path ahead.

Perry, who represents Adams County and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties, says he wants to see a plan from Trump for the first 100 days.

He says people shouldn't take all of Trump's campaign promises as literal.

He singles out a proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, which Trump called for in December 2015.

"I think some of it will be taken literally, and should be. I think that, for instance, the Muslim ban thing I think that's a lot of narrative, quite honestly from the media and his detractors," says Perry.

When asked how Trump will govern everyone in the country after insulting many different ethnic and racial groups, Perry responded.

"I don't like to term it in ethnic and racial terms or anything like that. We're all American citizens. I think what you need to do if you're aggrieved or you don't agree with the results is to bring your issues to your representatives and voice them and make sure your concerns are heard and addressed," says Perry.

Perry - who handily won his own re-election campaign Tuesday - says he saw a surge of support for Trump in recent weeks.

Trump outperformed Mitt Romney's results in the midstate in 2012, capturing many counties by double digits.

Trump won Pennsylvania by about 68-thousand votes, with nearly six million votes cast.

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