Earlier today, the song “One Day More” from Les Miserables was trending on Twitter.
For more than just Broadway enthusiasts, today represents the approaching end to an election cycle that has left the entire country exhausted. Tomorrow, American voters will finally cast their ballots and wait to hear the results.
Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price joined BPR to talk about the end of the election. Monroe was not optimistic about the dust settling after November 8.
“It doesn’t matter who wins...I think that if Donald loses, his constituents will certainly act out,” she said. “If he wins, it gives his constituency credence to go out and bully people that Donald doesn’t like.”
Monroe said she was excited about potentially electing the first woman president, but admitted that Clinton has not captured the imaginations of younger voters. She said Clinton did not focus on some of their priorities.
“I think that it has a lot to do with mass incarceration,” she said. “You have a millennial group that was very much for Bernie. I mean, she doesn’t speak to them in a way that reflects hope for their future.”
Price, on the other hand, pointed more to mistakes Clinton has made during her candidacy, agreeing with people who find her past to be rife with problems.
“Her or her camp in the DNC kind of stole the primary from Bernie Sanders,” he said. “When folks were voting for President Obama because he was a black male, there were cries of misogyny and cries of racialization. Now that there’s a first female white woman, that seems to be okay.”