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 “regulation and order”, Biden has been attempting to strike a conciliatory notice. The Black Lives Matter motion, and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points Individuals will take into account when selecting their president.
Because the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been talking to voters throughout the US asking 9 questions to grasp who they’re supporting and why.
Occupation: Assistant Kindergarten Trainer
Residence: Fairfax County, Virginia
Voted in 2016 for: Hillary Clinton
Will Vote in 2020 for: Joe Biden
Prime Election Concern: Implementing a progressive agenda
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“I’ll vote and I plan to vote as a result of, actually, I do know each election, folks say ‘that is the election that it’s important to vote in— it’s life or demise,’ however severely our democracy is on the road. It’s not an exaggeration! Donald Trump has already mentioned what he plans to do to destroy our democracy. We now have to take him at his phrase, as a result of he has already tried just a few issues resembling sabotaging the postal service. I really feel like if we need to shield our democracy, it’s important to vote, and it’s important to vote for Joe Biden. It’s not even a lesser of two evils argument – it’s important to vote for Joe Biden if you wish to save our democracy.”
What’s your primary difficulty?
“My primary difficulty is local weather change. In fact, local weather change is essential to care about as a result of it’s going to destroy our planet if we don’t do one thing about it. However prior to now, I need to say 12 months or two, after we have been first launched to the Inexperienced New Deal and the Dawn Motion popped up, that’s what actually took maintain of me and impressed me to attempt to make a change. Now I realise there’s really a plan to avoid wasting the planet – it’s not simply an empty platitude of ‘we have to shield our surroundings’.
“Joe Biden, in terms of local weather change, he has really made some inroads in that space. He has not signed on to the Inexperienced New Deal per se – I might like it if he did – however I really feel a bit extra inspired about what he needs to do for local weather change and that’s what actually makes an impression for me.”
Who will you vote for?
Is there a predominant cause you selected your candidate?
“Joe Biden wasn’t my first choose. Bernie Sanders was my first choose, and I bought to vote for him within the primaries. However, clearly now we’re within the normal election, and it’s important to let that go – primaries are over and you progress on to the final election. And I’ve already defined why it’s so essential to vote for Joe Biden. Not solely is he a greater possibility, however I additionally do suppose he very a lot comes throughout as a real individual and really empathetic.
“And so I really feel like when you get progressive voices round Joe Biden, he’ll take heed to them, and he’ll absorb what they’re saying. And that’s a very constructive factor for me.”
Are you pleased with the state of the nation?
“No, I’m not pleased with the state of the nation! By no means! There are such a lot of issues which can be going improper proper now – with how COVID was mishandled, with how police violence is being mishandled on this nation – these are two points that actually pop into my thoughts, for issues which can be being badly mishandled. I do know that if we don’t get Democrats – in the event that they don’t take the Senate – and if Joe Biden doesn’t win, issues will worsen. It’s doable for issues to worsen.
“We’re not even at all-time low but. If it seems like all-time low, we’re not there but. We will certainly get decrease if one thing doesn’t change.”
What would you prefer to see change?
“Medicare for all – that will be superb! I do know that Joe Biden has already mentioned that he needs to broaden Medicare, I believe if I’m not mistaken, at 55 years previous [60 years old] however we simply want Medicare for all.
“One other factor is the Inexperienced New Deal. We’d like the Inexperienced New Deal to be launched into all of our legal guidelines. We’d like jail reform, that’s crucial. We additionally want our Civil Rights Act, our Voters Rights Act, to be handed once more. It feels unusual for me to say that as a result of, if I’m remembering the timeline appropriately, it was repealed in 2013, and that feels so bizarre to say as a result of on this nation, everybody ought to have the precise to vote. And we all know that, particularly on this election, it’s not throughout the board an equal proper for everybody – particularly for Black and brown folks.
“These are the issues that come to thoughts for me.”
Do you suppose the election will change something?
“The election will change issues, as a result of this can be a crucial election. Joe Biden has to win to avoid wasting our democracy.
“By way of the problems I simply listed, if they’ll come into actuality, and change into the regulation of the land, that may solely change if Democrats take heed to progressives and truly take heed to nearly all of their base as an alternative of reaching out to the ten or 20 p.c of Republicans that aren’t voting for Donald Trump. In fact we have to care about everybody, however the Democratic Social gathering, and even the nation as an entire – even some Republicans – care about progressive concepts, so Democrats must observe this line as an alternative of being obsessive about being bipartisan or worrying about their donors.
“On that entrance, in fact sooner or later, I need Residents United to be a factor of the previous, I need tremendous PACs to be gone, I need our representatives to take heed to us, the voters, as an alternative of their donors.”
What’s your greatest concern for the US?
“One in every of my greatest considerations is our relationship with different nations. For a very long time, in fact, we’ve been allies with Saudi Arabia, and we have now supplied them with funding for his or her battle in Yemen, which I believe is atrocious. And I really feel like that should cease. I believe some Individuals take pleasure within the US and say that we’re ‘peacemakers,’ however to ensure that that to be true, that’s one factor we have to do.
“And one other factor we have to do is deliver peace in Israel and Palestine, due to our function because the US, we will help each of these nations and assist them discover that peace. There’s a means, I imagine in it. Israel has the precise to exist and Palestine has the precise to exist, and Palestinians don’t need to be in an open-air jail. They need to have their very own nation. The US is the one nation on this planet that might assist deliver that peace.
“I simply listed two examples of issues we have to do higher at, as a result of I believe our international coverage has actually suffered, and that should change within the new 12 months.
“We all know [Trump] loves dictators and he loves the heavy-handed strategies that leaders use – I don’t even know if heavy-handed is the precise phrase – simply brutal ways in which leaders in Israel and leaders in Saudi Arabia conduct their insurance policies. As a substitute of condemning that, he loves that. And that’s horrible for him to do, and that’s horrible for us because the US to be a rustic that, as an alternative of condemning such a conduct, we reward it, which isn’t proper in any respect. We now have to be higher than that. That received’t deliver peace, it’ll simply make issues worse. It doesn’t assist something or anybody.”
Is there something we haven’t requested concerning the election that you simply need to share?
“I need to emphasise this once more: I really need Democrats to take heed to progressives. I really feel like they too usually ignore progressives and in primaries when a progressive candidate tries to go after an incumbent, they’re too usually crushed. Now just lately, we’re seeing a shift in that. We’re seeing some superb progressive candidates like Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman, to call two, and naturally AOC was the primary progressive who broke by means of. Once more, I really need Democrats to grasp their very own occasion. We must be the employee’s occasion, we should always care about staff’ rights, we should always care about on a regular basis Individuals as an alternative of the one p.c of the nation that has all of our wealth.
On how her Persian-American identification has influenced her views:
“Talking for myself, I’ve all the time grappled with my very own identification as a Persian. I even bear in mind my family members, if I might introduce myself as ‘Iranian,’ they’d say no you’re ‘Persian,’ as a result of Persian is, within the phrases of Maz Jobrani, a “safer” phrase … after I was actually younger, I assume round 2003, George Bush made the well-known speech the place he referred to as Iran “the axis of evil,” and I used to be younger when that occurred, but it surely nonetheless did make an impression on me, as a result of I form of rejected that facet of myself for thus lengthy. However on the similar time, I might always get questions from folks saying ‘What are you?’ – they’d always ask me that query… so that will remind me that I’m not … I’m not the identical. I’m in George Bush’s phrases, “the axis of evil”.
“After which in fact, Donald Trump has made this one hundred pc worse when he, originally of his time period in 2017, did his Muslim ban, he put Iran on that listing. And that actually impacted a few of my relations – some cousins and my aunt – that simply made all of our lives harder. It’s simply one thing that I believe a number of Iranians – with a view to survive and slot in – we’ve assimilated, and we aren’t, at the very least talking for myself, we aren’t outspoken. However as soon as we discover our voices, we are going to scream out our messages and what we imagine in. This election made me realise I’ve to talk out. I can’t be afraid of my very own identification, as a result of that’s a part of me. A very long time in the past, I ended caring to say I’m Persian to anybody who would ask me what I’m. And possibly I’ll begin saying I’m Iranian and see how they react.
“It’s positively simply one more reason why Donald Trump must go. I’m not even Muslim, however as a result of I’m Iranian, I’m lumped into that class. That’s not honest – even when I used to be Muslim – that’s not proper, nobody must be discriminated towards, and it’s simply despicable. When you’re an American, you’re American. Nothing else ought to matter.”