INTERVIEWER: Jacquelyn, you have been pretty vocal on social media about why people shouldn’t vote third party in the presidential election. What inspired you take action?

 

JACQUELYN: I’ve noticed third party candidates, such as Jill Stein and especially Gary Johnson, gaining a lot of media attention this year. I just knew it would draw too many voters away from Hillary Clinton…or Donald Trump – or maybe both, so I decided that it was time to do something about it.

 

INTERVIEWER: Do you like any of the third party candidates?

 

JACQUELYN: I actually do. On the issues, I agree with Gary Johnson and Jill Stein more than I do with Trump or Clinton. However, it’s against my principles to vote third party.

 

INTERVIEWER: Do you believe that either Johnson or Stein should be allowed in the presidential debates?

 

JACQUELYN: I do not.

 

INTERVIEWER: Can you elaborate?

 

JACQUELYN: I do believe that America needs more choices, but this is not the time to allow more candidates exposure time.

 

INTERVIEWER: Why not?

 

JACQUELYN: They’ll only serve as spoilers for the two main candidates.

 

INTERVIEWER: What does your activism entail of?

 

JACQUELYN: Reminding people that we need to work together…That we need to make sure that third party candidates do not take away the votes from Trump and Clinton.

 

INTERVIEWER: How do you remind people?

 

JACQUELYN: I make my Facebook posts public, then I talk about how individuals are contributing to the greater evil by supporting third party candidates. It’s about pushing aside facts and reason and provoking emotions, usually in the forms of guilt and shame.

 

INTERVIEWER: It’s a widely known fact that many young people don’t vote. As a millennial and with the activism you do, how do you feel about this?

 

JACQUELYN: I feel like it’s a shame that more people my age don’t want to influence how our country is doing. Tied in with what I do, I make sure to emphasize the importance of voting.

 

INTERVIEWER: According to a few polls, more and more millennials are supporting third party candidates, or are at least open to considering them. Do you feel like your views are representative of your age group?

 

JACQUELYN: I can’t say. To me, it doesn’t matter. I know what’s right, and nobody can change my mind. I work for an important cause, and maybe most people don’t like it. Like I said, I know what’s right for me, and nobody should try to force me or ridicule me into believing something different just because they don’t like it. I just want more millennials to vote. If they’re not voting for Trump or Clinton, they should just stay home.

 

INTERVIEWER: Was there any presidential candidate you originally supported?

 

JACQUELYN: I definitely felt the Bern.

 

INTERVIEWER: Do you feel any disdain towards Hillary Clinton or the Democratic establishment?

 

JACQUELYN: I don’t. Even Bernie Sanders said that we should go support Hillary Clinton. If you don’t do as he says, then you’re not truly a Bernie supporter.

 

INTERVIEWER: So you’re a Hillary Clinton supporter?

 

JACQUELYN: I wouldn’t say that.

 

INTERVIEWER: You’re a Donald Trump supporter?

 

JACQUELYN: I wouldn’t say that either.

 

INTERVIEWER: What would you say?

 

JACQUELYN: I’m an American who doesn’t want to see our country fall apart.

 

INTERVIEWER: What do you want to tell people who felt the Bern?

 

JACQUELYN: If you are a true supporter, you will follow everything Bernie says. Individual rational thinking is not something we should just do as if every situation depended on it. Sometimes we need to do what’s best and demonstrate our loyalty without hesitation.

 

INTERVIEWER: Must people agree on all of Bernie Sanders’ viewpoints in order to be a true supporter?

 

JACQUELYN: Of course not.

 

INTERVIEWER: So why must they support Hillary Clinton in order to be a true Bernie Sanders supporter?

 

JACQUELYN: Because he was the presidential candidate with the best vision for our country.

 

INTERVIEWER: What do you think about many Republicans not endorsing Donald Trump, and instead, supporting Gary Johnson, or at the very least, thinking about it?

 

JACQUELYN: They should have thought about their decisions more thoroughly. Do they want Clinton to win? Thanks to them, this election may reap even bigger consequences.

 

INTERVIEWER: How so?

 

JACQUELYN: If they are considering voting for Gary Johnson or another third party candidate, they are literally to blame if Trump does not win. Every single vote counts in a national election.

 

INTERVIEWER: I have heard some of your detractors say that you seem ignorant about the electoral college, and are relying too heavily on the popular vote to make your case for why any third party candidates will spoil the two main candidates’ campaigns. I was looking on RealClearPolitics to see how your state, Washington, is doing in terms of the presidential election projections, and Hillary Clinton is leading by a wide margin. There is a very unlikely chance that Donald Trump will win Washington’s votes even if the third parties get a higher number of votes this year compared to previous years. What is your response?

 

JACQUELYN: We can’t depend on logic to ensure that the worst possible thing won’t happen. As a citizen of the United States, I believe it is in our best interest to do what we have done since the founding of our country, and remain ignorant about how elections actually work. Most people do not know how the electoral college works, and it should remain that way. My views have stemmed from this lack of knowledge.

 

INTERVIEWER: A critique many people who oppose the electoral college have is that there are only a handful of states that will determine the outcome of the presidential election. Washington is not one of these states. Even if Donald Trump miraculously won Washington, that would very unlikely contribute to his winning. With this in mind, do you still urge Washington, and other state, voters to support Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump?

 

JACQUELYN: As I have said before, many Americans, including myself, do not know, nor care to learn how the electoral college works. We need to stop focusing on the technical aspects of how elections work, and concentrate on making sure that the third parties don’t spoil the election.

 

INTERVIEWER: Thank you, Jaquelyn. This was definitely an intriguing insight into the mind of an average voter and a self-proclaimed activist.