LYNDEN, Wash. -- At a small gathering of conservative business leaders in Whatcom County Wednesday, supporters of President-elect Donald Trump celebrated with a modest sheet cake bearing his name.

"I think it's just the beginning of a Donald Trump movement," said supporter John Marshall.

But like baking a cake, building a viable political platform takes time. That's what America has to give Donald Trump, according to Marshall.

"The more time spent watching what happens, the more people will come to like Donald Trump."

This summer, the man-who-would-be-president made a stop in Whatcom County. Many questioned choosing to visit a rural, sparsely populated, lower-income area rather than the wealthy Republican enclave of Bellevue.

But that was just another underestimation of Trump's fervent supporters.

"I never doubted the outcome," said Brad Howard.

Howard was a life-long Democrat, but voted for Trump. The real estate salesman said once Trump takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, his first priority must be uniting the country.

"Mr. Trump is known for making deals in very contentious environments," said Howard. "If anyone can find middle ground with the other side, he can do that."

Howard doesn't think Trump really is the person we've seen on TV, and truly believes Trump's nebulous plans to bring back manufacturing jobs to middle-America will convert the masses.

But it will take time. Until then, Howard said, give the cake a try.

"We're all in this together. We live in the same communities. We do business together. Nobody wants to poison that."