As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera spoke to voters across the United States asking nine questions to understand who they support and why.
Occupation: Student / Unemployed Due to COVID-19 and Vice President of the Hispanic Republican National Assembly – Riverside County CA
Residence: Riverside County, California
Voted in 2016 for: Donald Trump
Will vote in 2020 for: Donald Trump
Main electoral issues: economy and law and order
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“I am going to vote in this next election for the reason that I believe it is my civic duty.
“I feel like if anyone has an opinion or just wants to comment on something – I’m really a ‘doer’ – so there are a lot of people talking about certain issues so… I have also friends who don’t vote, they complain a lot, but they don’t vote. It’s the only thing we can do as Americans – it’s our right! So come out and vote!
What’s your number one problem?
“I’m really torn between just picking a problem right now.
“I think pre-COVID it would have been just one. But my two big problems that I think are the most important are the economy – and I think under President Trump, and before COVID, we had one of the best economies ever, and I know that in there future it will be the best. no one to bring us back to where we were. The second problem for me at the moment is law and order. We see in democratic states city council members voting to withdraw police funding, mayors encouraging months of lawlessness in the streets, some organizations torching and destroying businesses, and I don’t want that. It’s really scary for me! So those are the two biggest problems as to why I am going to vote.
Who will you vote for?
“I vote for Donald Trump.”
Is there a main reason you chose your candidate?
“I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and I will vote for him again.
“I originally chose him because he was not a politician. I believed what he said – he resonated with me, and I know a lot of Americans – and he became a fighter. As a conservative person, I always feel like we always want to ‘take a step back’, we don’t want to ruffle feathers, we’re still really nice. He became a fighter for those who were too afraid to voice their opinions. I believe he loves this country, I believe he believes in the Constitution. He’s what people needed, and I think he’s what we need now.
“It has become really shameful to love your country, to love America. People come to this country [from] all over the world for the American dream and there is a reason for it. We are the biggest country in the world and Donald Trump was not afraid to say it. That’s why I voted for him, and that’s why I will vote for him again in 2020. ”
Are you satisfied with the state of the country?
“I am not happy with the state of the country. I think we’ve become very polarized, and I think it’s just going to get worse. And I think hypocrisy plays an important role. “
What would you like to see changed?
“I think about fairness. As I mentioned, hypocrisy is a really big deal for me. I have the impression that it is normal that one ideology does something, but the other not.
“I live in California, so before many protests with BLM, we would go to Sacramento and fight to reopen our businesses, and people would call us ‘selfish’, ‘dumb’ and ‘dumb’ because we wanted to work – because that there is pride in working and that we are all frustrated.
“We were called names, but then if you show up at a protest you’re called ‘brave’ and ‘amazing’ – that’s so awesome – so there’s a lot of hypocrisy. I would like to see real fairness, and especially in the media.
Do you think the election will change anything?
” I do not. I think no matter how it turns out, no one will be happy. I just don’t foresee that.
What is your biggest concern for the United States?
“My biggest concern right now is losing our freedoms – seeing America become a socialist country, [losing] the religious freedom on which this country was founded.
“I was at a march for persecuted Christians recently and people walked past us and shouted at us, saying we should be ashamed of ourselves, calling us really terrible names and rejecting us. We had nuns with us, we had priests with us! I am not very religious, but I am happy to walk with anyone who wants their place of worship to be open – for all faiths.
“I truly believe that America’s biggest concern is ourselves. People will say that the Conservatives “hang on to their Bibles and their guns”, but there is clear evidence that there is a threat to churches and the Second Amendment.
“Again, I live in California, and we’re only allowed to buy one box of ammo a day – that’s a box a day – and someone will say, ‘Well, why did you need more? ‘ Because I want more! Because it’s America, it’s not Communist China.
“I’m also of Hispanic descent, and a family that fled communist and socialist countries – a lot of us see what America could become – and that’s what we fled, so we want to be able to keep America ‘America’. “
Is there anything we haven’t asked about the election that you want to share?
“One of the most important things that I think will play a major role in this election is the lockdowns.
“Again, I live in California and volunteer for my local Republican headquarters, and we see people changing from Democrat to Republican every day because they’re tired of where they can go, what ‘they can do, which is essential, which is not … You know, you can go to a demonstration, that’s fine – go and buy some alcohol – but you can’t go to church.
“My governor just said that when we go out to eat with our families, ‘be sure to put on your mask between bites’. It got to the point where it’s so ridiculous, we’re so sick of it.
“I think it wakes up a lot of people and makes even the most uninterested people get involved in politics. I think Democrats will regret keeping the blue states in lockdown. I think states like California and New York will stay blue on November 3rd, but I think they’ll be extremely surprised when the race is over.