American Voter: Jackie Crawford | US & Canada

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are fighting for the presidency in the deeply divided United States.

Trump has focused on “law and order”; Biden tried to strike a conciliatory note. The Black Lives Matter movement – and whether Trump will free his taxes – is one of the many topics Americans will consider when choosing their president.

As the hotly contested elections draw near, Al Jazeera has spoken to voters in the US and asked nine questions to help understand who they are supporting and why.

Jackie Crawford

American voter Jackie Crawford [Courtesy of Jackie Crawford]Age: 74 years

Profession: Assistant to the retired teacher

Lives in: Shelbyville, Kentucky

Elected for: Donald Trump in 2016

Will vote in 2020 for: Donald Trump

Top election problem: protecting freedom of speech

Will you choose why / why not?

“I always vote. I am an election worker. I’ve been an election worker for probably 25 years and I have a keen interest in voting and getting people to vote. “

What is your main problem?

“Probably my main problem is that I feel like our freedom of speech is being undermined by big tech. How they censor Facebook and Twitter. They censor anything that leans to the right, and I think that’s a dangerous, dangerous thing to do.

“I don’t trust the media anymore and you really have to dig to get news.”

Who will you vote for?

“President Trump.”

Is there a main reason you picked your candidate?

“There are many reasons. I think it’s the best option for our country. I think it will protect our freedom of expression, our religious rights and the rights of the second amendment. He will keep our military strong. And I just think that he is the best and best option for the future country.

“There are many other reasons. I like the border security. I like his law and order message. I also like that we are energy independent and don’t have to rely on other countries to get oil.

“I just think he’s better for the country. I really felt safer, I think our country is safer since he was president. “

Are you satisfied with the state of the country?

“I was before the coronavirus. I think that set everyone back, but I don’t see how these people can blame President Trump for the virus. He is not God; He is human.

“I think he did everything human possible to deal with it. I think it will play itself out at some point, and I think the economy will return. I know it’s a scary thing … “

What do you want to change?

“I just want it to go on. I think we were in a forward motion. Our economy became gangbusters and the unemployment rate was low and we were happy.

“Of course I know that there are different groups of people who probably still had problems, but I also think they were better off. The black unemployment rate was lower than before. Hispanic, Asian and even women. I think we were on the right track and I hate to see us stop this move forward. “

Do you think the election will change anything?

“I think our country is so divided that it gets messy no matter who wins, especially if Trump wins because they have already promised it will be. I don’t think Republicans have a tendency to go out and burn and pillage and do all of that, but I think that some sections of the other party are already setting up plans to do so.

“I hope there will be a landslide one way or another. I want it to be a clear decision, and I don’t want it to be clouded and controversial in court and going on for days. I just hope it’s a straightforward, straightforward solution and not something that just gets 20 votes one way or another to others because I think that’s going to be terrible. “

What is your biggest concern for the US?

“That we return to higher taxes, energy independence, a weak military, that our rights are undermined.”

Is there anything we didn’t ask about the elections that you would like to say?

“I think I’ve covered it pretty well.”

Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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