Vot­ers call debate ‘cringe wor­thy’, few re­luc­tant to cast their bal­lot

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Days after ex­plo­sive rev­e­la­tions about Don­ald Trump’s preda­tory com­ments about women and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s closed-door speeches to bank­ing ex­ec­u­tives, some peo­ple who watched the US pres­i­den­tial debate Sun­day night were so dis­gusted they said they wouldn’t vote or were weigh­ing a third-party can­di­date or write-in op­tion. “I feel that it is wrong that th­ese are the two choices I have,” said Pa­trick Trom­betta, a Bernie San­ders sup­porter try­ing to de­cide be­tween Clin­ton, Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein or writ­ing San­ders in on the bal­lot. Here are sto­ries of vot­ers watch­ing the debate around the coun­try:

Look­ing for a con­ser­va­tive in Ne­vada

John Burns, 42, is a reg­is­tered Repub­li­can and self-de­scribed con­ser­va­tive up­set with his choices be­cause he said both seem like Democrats. He took in the debate from a Las Ve­gas res­tau­rant at a watch party or­ga­nized by the Clark County Repub­li­can Party, where at­ten­dees howled with laugh­ter as Trump at­tacked Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Raised Mor­mon, Burns works at a casino and uses a wheel­chair after be­ing par­a­lyzed in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent. He said his dis­abil­ity can make it hard to get jobs, and the thought of peo­ple tak­ing wel­fare ben­e­fits or abus­ing the sys­tem both­ers him. Burns said the 2005 video in which Trump bragged about women let­ting him kiss and grope them was off-there­cord “locker-room ban­ter” and thinks women can be just as bad in pri­vate. “I think it shows a hu­man side. I think it’s the politi­cians who are try­ing to make a po­lit­i­cal point,” he said.

Burns said he’s “al­most ready to just sit this vote out be­cause I’m so fed up with both sides.”

Cring­ing in Ari­zona

Sarah Par­sons Fein, 38, of Tempe, Ari­zona, had one word for Sun­day night’s debate: “cringe-wor­thy.” “The whole thing is just ter­ri­ble for me; it’s like a car ac­ci­dent you can’t look away but you want to,” said the 38-year-old stay-at-home mom. Fein wasn’t swayed by Trump brush­ing off his vul­gar talk about women as “locker room com­ments.” “I think that just per­pet­u­ates rape cul­ture,” she said.

Fein plans to vote for Clin­ton after sup­port­ing San­ders in the Demo­cratic pri­mary. Stein.

Back­ing a dif­fer­ent woman in Penn­syl­va­nia

Cheyanne Daw­son, 22, of West Ch­ester, Penn­syl­va­nia, watched the debate with co-work­ers at a res­tau­rant and said it didn’t change her dis­dain for both can­di­dates. “They’re not good rep­re­sen­ta­tions of what we want them to be,” Daw­son said. Clin­ton “just says what peo­ple want to hear, and so does Don­ald Trump, but you want some­one to be gen­uine, au­then­tic, and I don’t think ei­ther of the can­di­dates are like that.” She is es­pe­cially dis­ap­pointed with Clin­ton be­cause she has high ex­pec­ta­tions for the first fe­male pres­i­dent - “some­one you can look up to” and thinks Clin­ton lies and lacks pas­sion. But Daw­son dis­missed Trump im­me­di­ately as a “so­cial me­dia” phe­nom­e­non with bizarre poli­cies that “wouldn’t ben­e­fit us.”

She plans to vote for

Re­luc­tant voter in Michi­gan

Andy Fox, 24, a server at Lansing Brew­ing Co., said he sup­ported San­ders “to try some­thing new” and is re­luc­tant to vote for Clin­ton or Trump be­cause “they’re both crim­i­nals.”

Fox watched parts of the debate dur­ing his shift in Lansing. He said it did not as­suage his fear that re­gard­less of who is elected, “some­thing re­ally ter­ri­ble is go­ing to hap­pen” in the next four years. With Clin­ton, he said, there will be “more wars” and with Trump, a “racial di­vide.” Fox cred­ited Clin­ton for talk­ing about health care, but oth­er­wise “it’s just like high school ban­ter” be­tween the can­di­dates - much too per­sonal crit­i­cism and not nearly enough pol­icy dis­cus­sion, he said.

Fox said he prob­a­bly will not vote.

Wor­ried about Is­lama­pho­bia in Wash­ing­ton

Irkan Ab­dul­lahi, 26, a univer­sity stu­dent, watched the debate at a civic cen­ter in Seat­tle where most of the crowd of around 100 peo­ple ap­peared to sup­port Clin­ton, often cheer­ing after her lines and laugh­ing at Trump’s claims. She said Trump doesn’t re­spect women. “It’s ridicu­lous. I mean he’s just say­ing things that he shouldn’t,” she said. Ab­dul­lahi, who is Mus­lim, said she liked that Clin­ton talked about her religion. “The things that she said re­ally made feel good about this coun­try and be­ing here. When it came to Don­ald Trump, the things he said were very hurt­ful,” she said.

for Clin­ton. — AP Ab­dul­lahi will vote

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