Midterm Interview Project ( Thea Stephens)

Jerry Dunklee
This Photograph of Dr. Jerry Dunklee was taken by me and edited in photoshop

In light of the ongoing election, I decided to interview 70 year old Jerry Dunklee, who is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University teaching political reporting. The Topic of discussion was his views on the current presidential election campaign. He answered with the following statements:

“I’ve been covering politics for 50 years and I teach political reporting here, I have never seen a primary election race like this one. I’ve never seen a race where somebody like Donald trump has been able to get so many votes as a Republican party.” He then went on to say that, “the closest that I can remember covering was when George Wallis, the racist governor of Alabama, ran for president in 1968, and he got early on a lot of votes, but then he lost badly eventually.”

 

I added the fact that Trump is winning right now and he proceeded to say, “Trump is winning so far, but he’s only winning 34-35% votes of the Republicans, but that’s enough to put him in the lead. So it’s a very unusual election cycle. It’s I think dangerous for the country in some ways because if people do not come out to vote, then somebody who has the narcissistic and ego oriented beliefs that Trump has could actually become president, which for many of us is very scary.”

This photo was taken by me and edited in photoshop
This photo was taken by me and edited in photoshop

 

I then asked a follow up question about his opinions on the comparisons of Trump to Adolf Hitler. He responded by saying, “Well I think that kind of stuff goes too far, but he did quote Mussolini in one of his tweets. It’s probably a good idea not to quote fascists if you’re an American who fought against those fascists in World War II.” I then asked him what he thought the outcome of the election will be, and he proceeded to say, “Well I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t know, I’m guessing that the Republicans are going to go into a convention that is contested, that Trump will not have a clear majority of delegates going in, and that could get quite messy. He then went on to say that “A lot of people believe that Trump will be the candidate, I think probably Hillary Clinton will be the candidate for the Democrats, even though Sanders have made some large moves and still has weighed high in the delegate count. So I don’t know, but my guess is that it’s probably going to be Trump and Clinton.”

 

I then followed up with the question, do you think that any of the candidates are worthy of being president, people are saying that all of them are just very bad people? Mr. Dunklee then responded, “Well I don’t think that’s fair, I think Clinton is probably more prepared for the presidency than anybody. In years and years, she’s had so much experience with so many different levels for so long. Sanders is a man of good ideas, now whether he could be a president and run all of the complex aspects of the government, I have my questions about that, but I think he is as qualified as Barack Obama was when he was running election at that point. Somebody like trump has no qualifications at all to be president, he’s never been elected office, he doesn’t understand political systems, he doesn’t understand foreign policy, he doesn’t understand the military, and so is he qualified, no.”

This chart shows the current standings for the number of delegates earned for candidates in the Republican Party. This information was obtained from Politico.
This chart shows the current standings for the number of delegates earned for candidates in the Republican Party. This information was obtained from Politico.
This image shows the Number of delegates earned for candidates in the Democratic Party. This information was obtained from Politico.
This chart shows the current standings for the number of delegates earned for candidates in the Democratic Party. This information was obtained from Politico.

 

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