Twenty-one-year-old Yamilex Rustrian cannot vote, but she would like to one day. So the Dreamer is doing all she can to make sure Hillary Clinton becomes president.
Last weekend, doing all she can meant climbing into a van with her mother, a janitor who is in this country without authorization, and a dozen other Service Employees International Union members and their children at 3 a.m. for a quick trip to knock on doors in Las Vegas.
Rustrian was 7 when she and her younger sister came to live in the U.S. with their mother, who was already living here illegally. Her mother paid a smuggler to collect her daughters after their father was shot and killed by gang members in Guatemala shortly before Father’s Day. She thought they’d be safer here.
Before Americans watch the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Clinton’s campaign will remind them of a scene from the second.
A new 60-second advertisement airing in battleground states includes some of the Democratic nominee’s comments about unifying the country, which she delivered at the face-off in St. Louis.
“I want to send a message … to every boy and girl and, indeed, to the entire world, that America already is great, but we are great because we are good,” she is heard saying over a montage of a diverse group of Americans with a soft piano soundtrack.
Throughout the long and tawdry presidential campaign, both Donald Trump, by dint of his personality, and Democrats, by dint of the damage they see him doing to his cause, have kept the attention focused on him.
On Wednesday, from a stage at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Trump will face an imperative that sounds simple but has eluded him for months: to turn a fierce spotlight onto his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“This election has been about Donald Trump from day one; that’s the only context he has,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “You look at this as his last, best chance. If he continues to do the same things he’s always done, the results are going to be the same.”