Interviews of the 2016 Election

#HofDebate16 Day 1: Jill Stein at Hofstra University

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein addresses a crowd at Hofstra University, the evening before the first presidential debate. | Photo by Evan Williams

The election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been called the ultimate “lesser of two evils.” A recent poll from the Pew Research Center showed that the majority of voters are frustrated and disgusted by this year’s election, leaving many feeling that they have no reasonable choice for president. Jill Stein, the presidential nominee for the Green Party, hopes to remind people that they do have another choice. After a live interview on CNN, Stein talked with a group of Hofstra University students letting them know that while she will not be in the debate hall for the first presidential debate, she will be holding her own informal debate via Facebook Live and Twitter.

According to Stein, “There’s no reason to drink the Kool-Aid.” She added that as voters, we have the power to “stand up in the face of this two-party tyranny that tells us resistance is futile.”

#HofDebate16 Day 1: “Let Jill debate!”

David Cobb, the campaign manger of Green Party’s Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka presidential and vice presidential candidates. | Photo by Evan Williams

While Jill Stein was engaged in a CNN interview, a voice could be overheard shouting, “Let Jill Debate!” That voice belonged to David Cobb, the campaign manager for Green Party presidential and vice presidential candidates respectively, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

Cobb stated, “…Remember that the Commission on Presidential Debates is actually a private corporation, literally created and controlled by the Democratic and Republican national committees.” He added, “It’s a rigged process to prevent alternative voices from being heard…The Republican and Democratic parties are actually scared witless to allow this voice to be heard.”

#HofDebate16 Day 2: A waste of time

Republican and Hofstra University alum, Akeem Mellis discusses his thoughts on the first presidential debate. | Photo by Ri’Shawn Bassette

The purpose of a presidential debate is generally supposed to be to assist voters in getting a good insight of the political stances of the presidential candidates. However, some like Akeem Mellis, believe this event was nothing more than a waste of time.

“I think this country is still stuck with a horrific decision to make that was not cleared up tonight.” Mellis stated. “I feel we’re basically right where we were before the debate.”
Mellis, a Republican who unapologetically supports the Never Trump movement, said “At first, I just could not help but think [to] myself, I cannot believe that man is actually standing up there next to her when there were so many other qualified Republicans that would have, in my opinion, cleaned her clock tonight.”
The Hofstra University alum went on to say that he will probably vote for a third party candidate adding, “I don’t know who I’ll be voting for, but I know one thing for sure, it will not be for either of them.”

#LongwoodDebate: Trump supporters in a sea of Clinton supporters

John Salvasen, a worker for the Trump campaign, surrounded by Hillary supporters. | Photo by Rosaria Bui

While Longwood’s campus was flooded with Hillary supporter earlier in the day, it wasn’t long before Donald Trump supporters made their presence.

Elaine Russ, who is a horticulturist for the university, openly talked voiced her support of Trump to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle during a commercial break.

“I feel like he’s a great businessman. I feel like he’s honest,” stated Russ, “I feel like he’s real. He doesn’t have much of a filter, but I don’t either and I think he speaks the truth as he sees it and feels it.”

Regarding the controversial comments Trump has made about women, Russ says it doesn’t phase her.

“I don’t wear my feelings on my sleeve, I say things about men I probably shouldn’t say.”

John Salvasen, who works for Trump’s campaign, came all the way from Georgia just to show support for Trump. He could seen and hear shouting “Killary” while at the CNN and MSNBC sets.

“I truly feel that he’s gonna do what he says he gonna do,” said Salvasen, “It comes down to if a person can keep their word…I believe he’s gonna keep his word as he has kept his word in the pass.”

Marvin Boone sitting in his wheelchair on a Washington D.C. street. | Photo by Harrison Samaniego

Marvin Boone, 66, a native of Washington, D.C., sits in his wheelchair on the busy sidewalk in jean shorts asking those who walk by for money. His left leg is visibly missing and he has no problem talking about it.

“I have what you call PAD, that’s peripheral artery disease and during my surgery, I actually died for ten minutes,” said Boone.
Another topic he’s not shy about is politics. When asked if he would vote for during this year’s election, he stated, “No, I’m not. It’s one vote they won’t get.”
“I can tell you…well three, four good presidents and…the first best one was Richard Nixon,” added Boone. “Even though he had that old Watergate thing…the economy was good. American people were working and everything was just nice, smooth. Bill Clinton wasn’t a bad president. Obama, [the] economy would have been better if Congress had been on his side.”
Boone continued, “So now you gonna have the first lady president, ’cause I know don’t nobody want no prejudice guy in there like Trump is. If he get elected president, we gonna get blown up. Straight up, we gonna get blown up.”