People have had issues with Clinton for decades. But here she is, on the eve of the election, so close to the White House. Will she get the final push from the voters? I interviewed nine college students to discover their opinions.
Krushna Jamnadas UC Davis ‘19, believes so. “I voted for her in the primary, and I’m voting for her again,” she said when asked about her stance on Hillary Clinton. There’s confidence in her words, as she believes we might finally have our first female president.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not voting for Clinton because she’s a woman, even though people have accused me of that,” Jamnadas scoffed. “I think it hurts Hillary more than it’s helping her.”
When Zachary Mitchell UC Davis ‘18 is asked if Secretary Clinton’s gender affects her, he laughed. “I think, definitely,” he nodded. “But I think it works both ways.”
This election has gotten many young voters roped in, and one would think that after the first Black president, the young voters would want the first female president. And yet millennials initially chose Bernie Sanders as their leader.
“He was definitely my first pick,” Mitchell continued. “I wanted him first, but now I’m settling for Clinton.”
Republican voters are quick to reject the sexist card, but they don’t realize what they say. “She’s too old,” Jaynesh Kumar Cal Poly Pomona ‘17 insisted while seeming to forget the fact Donald Trump is older. “She’s been in political office for too long.”
This, I will admit, is the first time I’ve heard someone complain about a candidate having too much experience.
But it is an interesting pattern with not only Trump supporters, but everyone in this election. Hillary Clinton is raised to higher standards. If she had the untraditional family that Trump has (i.e. three marriages and children with three different mothers), would she still be in the running?
“Definitely not,” Mitchell laughed again. “If Obama had that, he wouldn’t have become president. White guys like me get it easier.”
Kumar disagreed. “No one cares about their personal lives.”
And what about people using Bill Clinton’s affairs against Hillary?
“It’s not hurting her,” he claims.
But Jamnadas shakes her head. “People do care about personal lives. It speaks about a person’s character. Trump grabbing women without waiting for consent speaks volumes about his character. But he still gets a free card for some reason, probably because he’s not a woman with impossible high standards. If Clinton so much as grazed a guy’s butt and he called out sexual assault, her campaign would be over.”
There is no dispute that women are held to different standards in many things. The presidency is no different. There is a glass ceiling Hillary Clinton and most of America want to shatter. Only 94 years ago did women in the United States achieve the right to vote, and yet very recently Eric Trump shared a map of his father winning the presidency if only men voted. Maybe, when they are accusing women voting for Clinton because of her gender, they should wonder if they are voting for Trump because of his gender?
“I remember taking this philosophy class in high school,” Kaitlyn Drake, UC Davis ‘16 said, “where guys were actually saying women would be too emotional. That people who are capable of being pregnant shouldn’t be president. Not all the guys said it, but it made me wonder what century I was living in.”