“You’re black. He’s making fun of us and you’re too dumb to realize it,” Lena Tanner told a young Donald Trump supporter.
Tanner, of Wadesboro, and also black, approached Jerel Miller in front of the Anson County Board of Elections on Oct. 20. The two engaged in a heated debate.
Miller, 15, is too young to vote but supports Trump, the Republican candidate for president.
“(Hillary) Clinton wants to keep illegal people in here,” he said. Miller supports Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants out and make them go through the legal immigration process.
Tanner countered that Trump “is talking about putting black people back in the cotton field.” She also said he makes fun of handicapped people.
Erica Wright, of Morven, had said the same thing just minutes earlier. She supports Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.
“She’s against a lot of things Trump is doing, like health care of people in need and him picking on people that’s handicapped,” Wright said. Wright said there is a video of Trump making fun of someone with multiple sclerosis.
Last November, Trump made fun of a reporter with arthrogryposis, according to NBC News. Trump has denied it.
Wright’s cousin, Hydeia Tillman, 20, also of Morven, said she was confident in her choice of Clinton as presidential candidate.
“I like some of her stuff she says about kids’ school and stuff like that,” Tillman said. She has a 1-year-old child.
Miller cited Clinton’s hacked emails released by WikiLeaks as being full of information that should make supporters second-guess their choice. He believes that Clinton was involved in the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year, saying one of Clinton’s hacked emails points to her involvement.
Wright said she started the watch the presidential debates, but quit.
“I stopped whenever they get to going back and forth,” she said. “I can’t focus on that.”
Wright said that both candidates have faults.
“The only one is the emails for Clinton,” she said. “Trump is not for the middle class and wants to do away with blacks and Mexicans and government assistance programs. He wants to do away with it.”
Tanner felt that Trump wasn’t even a possible candidate, and supports Clinton all the way.
“As long as I know her, she’s been trying to help children, trying to help us,” she said. “She’s been trying to help children since her husband was president.”
With about an hour left for voters to mark their ballot on the first day of early voting Oct. 20, elections officials said about 600 people had cast their vote. Campaigners for both sides met voters in front of the elections office, holding signs for their preferred candidate.
Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.
Voters have flocked to the polls during early voting.