TAMPA, Fla. — It feels surreal to write, but a Donald J. Trump presidency is at hand.
So, what do his most ardent fans expect out of a Trump administration? In conversations with supporters at a Trump watch party in Tampa, many had the same goals: Build the wall. Deport undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Repeal the Affordable Care Act. And fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court.
I approached two women sitting at a table and asked if I could talk to them about why they support Donald Trump.
Lea Lametta said building the wall along the United States-Mexico border was important, along with repealing the Affordable Care Act. She admitted that Mr. Trump himself might not have the policy chops to get to work implementing his platform, but trusted his experience as a businessman to seek out the people who can.
“I hope to see him basically call in the greatest people ever to do their jobs,” Ms. Lametta said, adding that he is the only person who can “bring the American dream back to life.”
A woman named Amy, who declined to give her last name, was handing out slices of cake to attendees. Celebration was in order. Asked what should come first in a Trump administration, she said: “Build the wall. Absolutely. And deport the illegal immigrants.”
She admitted that Mr. Trump will likely have a tougher time implementing his agenda than he expects, and said she hopes leaders in Washington, D.C., will work with him.
One man, a few bourbons deep, said he hopes to see a President Trump undo President Obama’s executive orders. He also would love to see Rudy Giuliani as attorney general.
“He wants to encourage our opportunities to be endless,” he said.
He added that he thinks it’s unfair for the United States to accept refugees from war-torn countries, when he has Hispanic friends who are in the United States legally and who have to return to their home countries to renew their visas.
“Why are we willing to accept a Syrian refugee who has no culture, no skills, who has contributed nothing to our society?” he asked.
Liz Guardado, who was sitting at a table with a friend and her boyfriend, said she thought the border wall was “unrealistic,” but that repealing the Affordable Care Act and filling the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court should be top priorities under a Trump administration.
“And there will be no more legislating from the bench!” added her friend, Julie Foster.
Ms. Foster talked about the people who came out in the dark and the rain on Monday night to catch Mr. Trump’s final rally.
“He worked for this,” she said. “If he wins, he deserves to win.”