Lesser of 2 evils? Many American voters support neither candidate
After months of campaigning, it has turned out that it is very difficult to choose between a candidate who apparently lied about her emailing practices and handling classified information when holding a top state position, and a candidate who calls his own people "stupid" and considers himself "smart" for allegedly not paying federal taxes.
While the next leader will most certainly be one of the two candidates – the former secretary of state or the billionaire tycoon – the US people are now not choosing the president they want, but voting against the candidate they don't.
Unfavorability ratings for both Republican and Democratic candidates exceed 55 percent, with young Americans having rated them less favorably than Lord Voldemort.
"We are given a so-called choice between a billionaire real estate mogul who is trying to appeal to social discontent and a multi-millionaire long-time politician who is actually trying to outfly Trump on a question of more military aggression, particularly against Russia," former presidential candidate Jerry White told RT.
There are third party candidates, like Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and the Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein. These two have been largely marginalized and not invited to the presidential debates.
"I think Gary Johnson and I are the well kept secrets with an inconvenient truth because these candidates [Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump] have been the most unpopular, the most disliked, the most untrusted from the very beginning," Stein told RT. "I am really encouraging people not to throw their vote away on a failed two party system," she added.
“If you’re not in the Super Bowl of politics, in this case, the general election debates, how do you compete?... I hope if nothing else comes of this election … people recognize that the presidential debate commission wears no clothes,” Johnson told RT. “This is not fair. When 50 percent of Americans right now, when they go to register to vote, are saying that they are independent – where is that representation?”
During his show in New York, recorded as voters made their way to the polling booths, RT’s Max Keiser emphasized that this election has ushered in a new “Age of Vitriol” in which sides are more interested in “pushing tinfoil” than addressing the problems of ordinary Americans.
“One is corrupt, and the one is anti-immigration,” one man told Keiser, as Keiser went down to Times Square to gauge the mood. “This is no choice at all.”
“I don’t love either Clinton or Trump, but I have to vote against Trump, because he is a xenophobic guy,” a man in a Spider Man costume told the Keiser Report’s host.
“I am abstaining from voting,” said another man, stating that this was a way of showing that he was disenchanted with the choice of candidates.