by Xirui Dai
When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman,” he alienated young women on the University of Georgia campus and at Cedar Shoals High School.
And they plan to vote.
“I don’t like his attitudes toward women and the way he attacks people. I think it’s disgraceful and no one should say these things, especially as a president,” said UGA student Kristi Barcelo, 20. “He is a bad example to young kids and young men. I don’t think a man like that should run the country.”
Only one of 10 female UGA students said she voting for Trump.
“I don’t think he is a great person,” said Hayley Swartz, 21. “But for the job of president, I don’t think that affects his qualifications.”
She voted for Trump because she is a Republican, and because she doesn’t trust Clinton.
Three miles east of the UGA campus, female students at Cedar Shoals High School felt pretty much the same about Trump’s disrespectful comments about women. Even those too young to vote knew that he had called a beauty queen “Miss Piggy.”
“We are girls, so we are not looking for the president to judge women,” said Gissell Balderas, a 15-year old high school student.
Balderas cannot vote this year, but she would vote for Clinton if she could.
“If we have a president who is sexist, I don’t think it’s going to be helpful,” said Ibehtte Mazariego, 18, a senior at the high school.
Mazariego is registered and plans to vote for Clinton.
Blanca Sanchez, 18, is amazed that a man with female children would set such a bad example.
“He has daughters. I can’t believe what he said to women.”
Xirui Dai is a member of the Graduate Newsroom reporting team at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication writing about the Nov. 8 election for OnlineAthens.com and the Athens Banner-Herald.