By Gleb Perch/Staff writer/@GPLBCC
With less than 60 days left before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Long Beach City College students gave their thoughts on the Democratic party candidate for president.
While most students interviewed expressed dislike of Republican Donald Trump, little enthusiasm was shown for Clinton’s candidacy.
AJ, a nursing major, said, “I’d rather have her than Trump,” pointing to his crass, offensive rhetoric as the main reason. Yet she criticized Clinton’s “flip flops” and “contradictory statements” like her positions on gay marriage. She expressed a strong opposition to further US military engagements in the Middle East.
John, a child development major, pointed to Clinton’s 30 years of public service as proof of her experience in government. He expressed a nuanced empathy toward Trump’s voter base, seeing them as unfairly disenfranchised working people left behind by globalization. However, he stressed that “globalization is a genie that can’t be put back in the bottle.” He also strongly opposes any U.S. regime change, pointing to the Iranian revolution as an example of the kind of blowback that results from intervention.
Sam, a film major, was skeptical that any election can bring about positive change in society. He stressed, “We need an entirely different framework through which we can find solutions” to the problems facing the country. An example he mentioned is a basic universal income, allowing individuals to freely pursue their dreams and ambitions.