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LIers speak on how a President Trump would change America

If Donald Trump becomes president, how would he change America? Here's what some of his Long Island supporters -- and non-supporters -- have to say.

Trump is 'apt to make decisions that he'll regret'

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"The problem is he shoots from the hip, and he's apt to make decisions that he'll regret," Jerry Harris of Long Beach said of Trump. "He does it without thinking."

Harris, who is "over 75" and semiretired, said he didn't vote for any of the five presidential candidates because he doesn't think any of them are qualified.

Trump 'would make us a leader again, and not a follower'

Bill Dickhut, 45, of Patchogue supports Donald Trump,
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Bill Dickhut, 45, of Patchogue supports Donald Trump, saying, "He would make us a leader again, and not a follower."

He said military veterans have been treated poorly, and the issue of illegal immigration is also important to him.

Dickhut, who works in the auto industry, said he doesn't agree with Trump on everything, but "Hillary would be an absolute nightmare," and so would Sanders.

Dickhut, who was standing on West Main Street near the Emporium where Trump campaigned Thursday, April 14, 2016, said he came out to show that "because Donald Trump is here doesn't mean the Village of Patchogue is hateful."

"I don't want people to think that Patchogue is a negative place, is a hateful place, because it's not," said Dickhut, who's lived there since 2003. "It's a great community."

The world won't be able to push around the U.S. anymore

Marita Morello, a hairdresser and entrepreneur from Patchogue,
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Marita Morello, a hairdresser and entrepreneur from Patchogue, supports Donald Trump. "I think that he shows the world that they're not going to be able to push the United States anymore, which is what we have under the president now," she said.

She emphasized that she came to the United States from Germany. "As an immigrant, I'm an American first," said Morello, who is an independent and plans to vote for Trump in November.

Asked about the candidate's comments on immigrants, she said, "As long as you're legal, he's OK with that."

'We need to move forward, not backwards'

Trump would make things worse as president, said
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Trump would make things worse as president, said Ruby Gonzalez, 50, of Patchogue, who is retired. "We need to move forward, not backwards."

She said of the candidate, "I don't like Trump. I think he's a racist and a bigot." She was carrying her own sign which echoed that message.

She said she's voting for a Democrat, but wouldn't say who she's supporting.

'We're going to be the laughingstock of the world'

Lorry Werner, 68, of Hampton Bays, said she
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Lorry Werner, 68, of Hampton Bays, said she thinks Donald Trump is dangerous, but doesn't know what would happen with him as president.

"I travel a lot, and I think we're going to be the laughingstock of the world if he becomes president. I think that's really scary," said Werner, who is retired but works part-time as a prevention specialist for an agency called Alternatives. "But then again, he's such of an actor, you really don't even know what he thinks. I mean, he's an idiot, as far as I'm concerned."

'Our country and the world would be a much more volatile place'

Tom Lyon, 69, a retired teacher from Mount
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Tom Lyon, 69, a retired teacher from Mount Sinai, said that when Ronald Reagan was elected president, Rosalynn Carter said, " 'He makes us comfortable with our prejudices.' And that always stuck in my mind."

Lyon said he thinks two things would happen with Donald Trump as president. "Number one, our country and the world would be a much more volatile place," he said. "And number two, he would make a lot of people very comfortable with being prejudiced. They wouldn't even regret it anymore."

'I think he would say what the average American person really, really needs'

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"I think he would say what the average American person really, really needs, and that's someone who loves and wants to protect America, and keep us No. 1 in the world, and keep us safe," said Bobby Sheck, 50, of Smithtown, who is retired, and attended the Patchogue campaign rally for Donald Trump on April 14, 2016.

'I think we need to get things done'

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"He'll change the immigration, like the bad things going on with immigration, the illegal immigrants, building a wall, foreign policies that he has about how we deal with everybody's problems -- you know, we're the dumping ground," said Alissa Feld, 18, of Dix Hills, about candidate Donald Trump during a rally on April 14 in Patchogue. "I think he'll change a lot of that, and I think we need to get things done."

'I don’t know what would happen with Trump as president'

Colleen Phillips, of Rochester, said she brought her
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Colleen Phillips, of Rochester, said she brought her son, John, 14, a high school freshman, to the Trump rally for his current events class and "so he could see what our political process is really like, and is all the crazy mayhem that the media shows us really what's going on, or is it kind of made up? I don't know what would happen with Trump as president."

She lowered her voice and divulged, "We're not really Trump supporters." She added, "We came more for the experience."

Phillips said "we're lucky to live in this country where people can come to an event like this . . . I mean, there are a lot of cheers, and I'm sitting here going oh no, I don't want to show him that, but it's OK because we're all allowed to express ourselves without being thrown in jail."

'It’s protecting our country from terrorists, and immigration'

Angelo Annaru, 19, of Sayville, left, called Trump's
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Angelo Annaru, 19, of Sayville, left, called Trump's remarks "very, very powerful, the whole thing. It's protecting our country from terrorists, and immigration, that's why I'm here, nobody else can do it," said Annaru, who repairs small engines.

His brother Alex Annaru, 18, of Sayville High School and Eastern Suffolk BOCES, is with him at right. He said his concern was jobs, and he referenced Trump's comments about Carrier, the air conditioning company that has said it's moving 1,400 jobs to Mexico. "Carrier, it's right on my money right there," the younger sibling said. "They're making a big mistake."

'I believe he would do a good job'

Joe DiFronzo, 55, of Hicksville, said Donald Trump
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Joe DiFronzo, 55, of Hicksville, said Donald Trump is the only candidate speaking his mind, "which is a good thing, and he's not hiding behind anything, so hopefully he can go all the way . . . He's a businessman who will have good people behind him who get the job done, and I believe he would do a good job," DiFronzo said.

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