American Voter: Millie Brigaud


US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.

Trump has been specializing in “legislation and order”, Biden has been attempting to strike a conciliatory notice. The Black Lives Matter motion and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points Individuals will think about when selecting their president.

Because the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been chatting with voters throughout the US, asking 9 questions to grasp who they’re supporting and why.

Millie Brigaud

[Courtesy of Millie Brigaud]

Age: 19

Occupation: Scholar

Residence: Williamsburg, VA 

Voted in 2016 for: N/A 

Will Vote in 2020 for: Joe Biden

Prime Election Concern: Polarisation

Will you vote? Why or why not?

“I’ve truly already voted by mail. And that is tremendous thrilling for me as a result of that is the primary presidential election that I’m eligible to vote in. It’s tremendous thrilling to only take into consideration how even when my vote is one out of tens of millions, as soon as it’s mixed with all these different votes which have comparable values to my very own – or the identical goals for the way forward for this nation – unexpectedly, it turns into this truly impactful power.”

What’s your primary problem?

“This can be a powerful query as a result of there’s so much that I care about. However I might say that crucial factor to me is the polarisation in our nation proper now. I feel that range is so necessary, however on the level that we’re at now, the place defending or asserting your standpoint is oftentimes synonymous with hating another person, or isolating your self from different viewpoints is simply dangerous.

“It’s tremendous regarding to me. I don’t suppose that we are able to handle any of the opposite critical points we’re going through, like local weather change and racial injustice, till we’re extra united and in a position to have constructive conversations.”

Who will you be voting for?

“I voted for Joe Biden.”

Is there a major cause you selected your candidate?

“I really feel that Biden’s insurance policies align most with my values and my targets for this nation. I feel that his language additionally treats us because the US as a complete, reasonably than particular teams. And that’s actually necessary to me.

“To be extra particular about his insurance policies, I’m very a lot drawn to how clear and powerful his place is on local weather change relative to Donald Trump’s. And I additionally like how he’s addressing it in a complete manner that’s additionally engaged on spurring the financial system – so creating jobs which are about altering our infrastructure to adapt to the setting that we’re in, and might be for the remainder of our lives, and in addition creating jobs that work in renewable vitality. That’s the longer term, and it’s additionally a manner of teaching the inhabitants on the local weather disaster. So I feel that that’s a very complete manner of addressing every part, and I admire that.”

Are you proud of the state of the nation?

“This relies as a result of a part of me is definitely very inspired by this spirit of political advocacy amongst my friends, and our mother and father and mentors. I feel that that’s actually necessary to our democracy. I feel that it’s a wholesome motivation to be part of politics and governance. In order that’s what I like.

“I’m not proud of our place – the US’s place – overseas, {our relationships} overseas, or the unrest and common unhappiness and mistrust in our nation domestically.”

What would you wish to see change?

“I feel that normally, I would really like the US to maneuver in direction of an perspective of ‘constructing’.

“So whether or not that’s like actually constructing new infrastructure and new insurance policies that may higher adapt to this local weather we’re in now, or [fitting] the opinions of the individuals within the nation, or constructing stronger relationships overseas and throughout the nation – positively constructing a forward-thinking perspective.”

Do you suppose the election will change something?


“I feel that each single presidential election is so necessary – nicely, each single election – however each single presidential election is so necessary since you’re not simply choosing who’s representing your nation, however you’re deciding what values the US will replicate for the following 4 years, and perhaps past that. So, completely, I feel this election is so necessary.”

What’s your greatest concern for the US?

“I do know I’ve been saying [it], time and again: I’m actually involved concerning the polarisation on this nation. I hope so strongly that we are able to change these norms in our nation in order that our conversations are attainable – constructive conversations are attainable, the place individuals acknowledge the variety and realise that that’s so necessary, and one thing that we are able to all study from, and in addition don’t use it as a cause to concern others or hate others.”

Is there something we haven’t requested concerning the election that you just need to share?

“I might love that spirit I used to be speaking about – this mobilising spirit that we’ve got on this nation proper now – I would like that to proceed previous November 3. I feel it’s a very fantastic factor. I imply, I don’t know, I’m fairly younger, however I feel that it’s a spirit that ebbs and flows all through historical past. And I feel that proper now, it’s so sturdy, and I hope it doesn’t die down after November 3, no matter who’s elected, as a result of there’s a lot to be finished on a regular basis, and it’s a very inspiring perspective.”