The liberal voter

'Hillary has always been a progressive'

Mrs Margaret Scott, 68, a supervisor of student teachers at Kent State University, thinks that Donald Trump lacks the qualities needed of a president.
Mrs Scott on the campus of Kent State University near the spot where, as a student, she heard the shots fired by the Ohio National Guard which killed four students during a peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest in 1970.
Mrs Scott on the campus of Kent State University near the spot where, as a student, she heard the shots fired by the Ohio National Guard which killed four students during a peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest in 1970.ST PHOTO: PAUL ZACH

Mrs Margaret Scott was a student at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 when 77 Ohio National Guardsmen marched up Blanket Hill and aimed their rifles at a peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest. In fact, she was in Verder Hall next to the hill when, to her horror, 67 shots rang out over 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine, an infamous incident that shocked the world.

Today, the university is peaceful, its trees splashed with the colours of autumn, but a new fear fills Mrs Scott, now 68. "I'm scared of the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency," she said.

Just then, a man in a monster truck plastered with anti-Hillary Clinton insults drove by and disturbed the calm by blowing his diesel horn over and over after a speech on campus by the Democratic candidate on Monday .

 

Mrs Scott, a supervisor for student teachers at Kent State, said she and her 62-year-old husband were going to cast early votes today for Mrs Clinton, just as they would have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders if he had been the candidate. Not just because they fear Mr Trump but because they support her liberal platform.

Mrs Scott does not believe Mrs Clinton has simply tried capitalising on the popularity of the Vermont senator, now campaigning for her.

"Hillary has always been a progressive. Like Senator Sanders, she supports free college tuition for the underprivileged, Obamacare, action on climate change, and LBGT rights," she said, adding she was confident that Mrs Clinton would carry through on his liberal agenda

As a mother of three - all daughters, and all voting for Mrs Clinton - and with a grandson, she is worried for her family's future if Mr Trump wins, especially having seen firsthand what strong-arm "law and order" tactics can do when she was a young student.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2016, with the headline ''Hillary has always been a progressive''. Print Edition | Subscribe