Election day is less than five days away, and many Americans are still very unhappy with political party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As one of these unhappy spectators of the presidential race, I turned to the presidential debates to learn more about them. Despite my always being skeptical of the two, I hoped to be able to support either Hillary or Trump by the end of October. Instead, I grew more disgusted with these potential presidents the more I listened to them during the debates. While it seems like most people are generally dissatisfied with this year’s presidential race, not everyone sees both candidates in this pessimistic light.
Republican nominee Donald Trump prepares to deliver a speech towards the beginning of his campaign in the town hall of Derry, New Hampshire.
As a full-fledged supporter of Trump, an anonymous Andrean student believes that the Republican nominee has gained so much support because he speaks on behalf of the American people’s hidden thoughts and beliefs. “His best quality is his ability to talk and not be afraid of what he’s going to say,” the student said. “He can express feelings that the majority of people feel… [when they] are too scared to not be politically correct.”
On the other side of the argument, Ayanna Diaz, who advocates for the Democratic party, believes that Clinton would be a better president. Even though she recognizes that Clinton is not the most trustworthy candidate, Diaz supports her because of her ample experience in office and her loyalty to the country’s well being. “She has been trying to serve the U.S. for quite some time,” Diaz said.
Even though Diaz is slightly cynical about Clinton’s email scandal, she condemns many of Trump’s actions even more heavily. As a Chicana, she is especially against Trump’s movement to “build a wall” on the border between the United States and Mexico.
Another hotly debated topic in the most recent presidential debate was the controversy surrounding a video of Trump speaking with Billy Bush about forcing himself on women, groping them, and objectifying them. To Diaz, Trump’s words were completely unacceptable. “It’s disgusting on many levels,” Diaz said. “It’s just wrong that he would say something like that about anyone.” Any man who has respect for women should never even think to express such vulgarities, especially on camera.
During the debate, Trump stated that his dialogue in the video was merely “locker room talk.” The anonymous student supporter agreed that Trump was just messing around and that those words are not an accurate portrayal of his character. “It happened ten years ago. People change in ten years,” the student said. “I personally think that he has changed and that he will not be degrading women when he hopefully… becomes president.”
Even though this Republican supporter is willing to defend Trump, many Republican politicians are not; several prominent GOP members such as John McCain have withdrawn their support for their party’s nominee because of Trump’s vulgarities. Some Republicans have even called for Trump to drop out of the presidential race so that his running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence, can have a chance to clinch the presidency for the GOP.
While the anonymous student was quick to defend Trump, he was also ready to chide Clinton on her email scandal. The student called her actions “deplorable” and said that she should be prosecuted for treason. In his opinion, if another person had committed the acts that Clinton did, he or she would have been arrested. “I think that she just gets off easy and doesn’t really have to answer to anyone really anymore,” the student said. “She’s like “Oh, I’m sorry about it,” and then she’s done.”
While people are always eager to point out the many flaws of both candidates, Mr. Sam Listro knows that it is important to remember that these politicians are just people. He said that Clinton’s email scandal is not a showstopper for the presidency to him because almost all other politicians have their own problems. “There’s a lot of skeletons in all of those politicians’ lives,” Listro said, “and you could go and trace anybody and they’re going to have something in their closet that they don’t want revealed.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Fox reporter and debate host Chris Wallace before the third presidential debate on October 19. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.
These topics of controversy have been mentioned numerous times by both candidates in the debates, especially during the third debate hosted by Fox anchor Chris Wallace. “They were trying to drive home those pain points which were causing the voters to stay on their side,” said Listro.
These “pain points” during the debates oftentimes cause a shouting match between candidates; this was especially true for the first two debates. While Listro thought that the third debate was no different than the first two, Diaz thought it was more controlled and organized. “The moderator actually hit key points instead of just letting Donald Trump and Hillary just attack each other,” Diaz said.
Even though Democrats and Republicans are constantly butting heads, there is one thing that both parties can agree on: “[This presidential race] is the craziest race that we have had in a very long time,” the student said. This craziness has lead to nothing but a sense of anxiety and unrest among the American population as we await the revelation of our next president. It all comes down to the polls on November 8. Who will win? Clinton or Trump? Democrats or Republicans? No matter who the victor is, one thing is for certain: as a whole, the American people will not be content.