US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.
Trump has been specializing in “law and order”, Biden has been making an attempt to strike a conciliatory be aware. The Black Lives Matter motion, and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points Americans will think about when selecting their president.
As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been chatting with voters throughout the US asking 9 questions to grasp who they’re supporting and why.
Age: 76Occupation: Retired Dental Hygienist Residence: Valley County, IdahoVoted in 2016: Donald TrumpWill vote in 2020: Donald Trump
Top election problem: Corruption
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“Yes, I will be voting. I’ve never missed a vote. My parents were active and I grew up being aware of politics and the state of our country. I think that being a Peace Corps volunteer had a bigger impact on my voting and my ideas of how [elections] should be.”
What is your primary problem?
“Entrenched corruption in our government. Our bureaucrats are making laws. The legislature, the Congress, do not make laws any more. They try to get it through this Supreme Court, and so many of our congressmen enrich themselves. They’ve been there too long. I think the phrase is ‘draining the swamp’ right now.”
Who will you vote for?
Is there a essential motive you selected your candidate?
“Yes, he is an outsider. And I think that’s one of the reasons there is so much resistance. And the more resistance, the more I know it’s right. Because there is so much entrenchment in [Washington] DC. It’s like another country. My son lives there, and he works for the Department of Defense. [Idaho] is the West, and the West is different from the East Coast. And they seem to forget that there’s the rest of the world out here, the rest of the country.”
Are you pleased with the present state of the nation?
“At the second, we’re lawless. We have attorneys – prosecuting attorneys in several states who don’t prosecute. In Portland, Seattle, they’ve stood again and let individuals break the legislation.
“I lived in Sierra Leone, in Peace Corps. I’ve realized in Africa that if you don’t deal with somebody equally, and also you do it as a result of they’re a distinct color than you might be, you’re a racist, so far as I’m involved.
“If you don’t communicate out and say, ‘wait a minute, fellow, you know, we’re on equal footing right here. You don’t pee on my leg and name it rain’, that’s the western time period. That’s racist. If you maintain again. If you say, look, we’re equal. You’re not going to burn down my home. You’re not going to burn down my retailer. And we’re lawless proper now. And we’re doing it as a result of once they discuss systemic racism, that’s the half that’s true.
“If we don’t call your number, because you’re ruining and burning down our city because you’re Black, or because you’re Brown, or because you’re a millennial female who’s been propagandised into feeling that the world isn’t right unless you are angry … It seems a lot of young women are angry. I don’t understand that. I’m 76, so I lived through the 60s. And the reason Nixon got elected, was because of the right, and lawlessness. We’re gonna do it again.”
What would you wish to see change?
“I would like to see term limits on our congressman – 40-50 years is way too long. Harry Reid came in as a poor man, who was a real estate man – didn’t have two quarters to rub together – and he left a multimillionaire. Obama came into his presidency with a million dollars from his book deal. He’s now 40 million-plus – how does this happen? Is there something going on in DC? This isn’t right. And so common term limits, I think, are really important – though they’re not going to vote for them themselves. But term limits are an issue, and following the law.”
Do you suppose the election will change something?
“Here we’ve got a switch of energy that’s all the time been peaceable, and it’s not proper now. And that’s not the Republicans’ fault. That is the media and the Democrats’ fault. They didn’t settle for who received. They weren’t ready for Hillary shedding, they’re so satisfied that she was going to win. And she didn’t, okay? Next 4 years, you’ve acquired an opportunity to make it completely different. But they’ve completely turned this right into a violent response.
“And part of the hate for Trump is just because he won, and the encouragement ‘this guy’s a bad guy – he’s orange man bad.’ When you go and see what he’s done, and actually, he’s done [a lot] without the Congress and look at the Middle East peace deal. And nobody’s talking about it. We’re actually having Arabs and Jews talk together in the Middle East. It’s never happened. I wished that the Democrats would accept whoever lost. That’s the way it is here. But this business is not a peaceful transfer of power. It’s just sad.”
What is your greatest concern for the US?
“We get back to the peaceful transfer of power. Senator Biden, I think that’s elder abuse. I’m sorry, the man is not right together. I mean, he’s only a year older than myself. But you can see him failing. And I just don’t understand why his wife is allowing him to run. I mean, this is elder abuse. But he got the numbers and so that’s okay. But he’s not going to be able to serve more than six months.”