There were a variety of opinions about the presidential candidates in Washington and Hamilton Heights. As some got excited to support their candidate, others sighed exhausted with the topic.
Francisco Mejia, from Washington Heights, eagerly joins David Chan outside their shared workspace to talk about some of the most influential moments from the election.
“You’re a Hillary supporter, right?” asks Mejia. “I have yet to see someone on Trump’s side. Who else would you be with?”
Mejia attributes this to media bias and how media have an agenda against Trump.
“Media is very biased right now, even Fox! It turns my stomach. I think trump won the debate. A knock out.”
Mejia says he is a little scared because if Clinton wins the country will be looking at a more socialist approach. He compared the outcome to a future like Venezuela’s.
“With socialism no one has money. Is that what you want? Capitalism is good, money is good. I think America needs to wake up. We need to do like Brexit, and do it as Trump said.”
Mejia says that incoming immigrants are receiving citizenship status quicker from the Democrats to help them in the elections. As an immigrant who struggled to reach the U.S. Mejia feels strongly about Trump’s approach to immigration.
“Brexit influenced me. They want to fill up the country with immigrants and influence our culture. Mind you, I’m an immigrant, but I came in legally. I went through the process.”
Chan feels more isolated from the candidates than Mejia.
“Yes, I’m planning to vote,” says Chan. “But, at the same time I’m limited in my decision [to Trump and Clinton].”
There is still time to look at one candidate or the other, according to him. He isn’t sure which one he will go for.
“[They’re] very childish. It’s like little kids fighting over the candy. They are not facing the reality and what is true. The truth is being withheld and used for intimidation.”
Malik Shakoor, in Hamilton Heights, has been completely turned off to the idea of voting.
“Hell no. Hell to the no! It’s a fiasco. Both of them are going to take this country to hell. It’s a choice of Lucifer or Satan.”
Shakoor says that he doesn’t keep tabs of the election beyond the debates and a few close sources, one of which is the leader of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“I may never vote again,” he says. “As a black man, if we can’t bring our issues and agendas into these elections then why would I even step into a booth?”
Jean-Francois, a French citizen in Hamilton Heights, is unable to vote, but still sighs at the topic of elections. According to him, Trump is similar to Bush as an unbelievable option, but Trump is far worse.
“The Trump phenomenon seems to be something untypical of anything,” says Francois. “I remember that Bush had similar outrage as a candidate. France had the feeling of how could this person possibly get elected.”
Francois turns to his friend, Paul, and asks whether he remembers the last election with Bush before seemingly shaking his head disapprovingly at the memory.
“[Bush] seems far more presidential now when you look back at it.”