Students at St. Louis debate: We still don’t like Clinton or Trump

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ST. LOUIS (MEDIA GENERAL) – Leading up to the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, students of the top-tier school fell largely into two categories: Clinton devotees and third-party diehards.

Washington University student sign shows Trump as Shrek. (Photo: Chance Seales)
Washington University student sign shows Trump as Shrek. (Photo: Chance Seales)

There was very little overlap in the two groups.

Donald Trump, knee-deep in a scandal involving boasts about the ability to sexually assault women, didn’t have any support to speak of on the student quadrangle.

In fact, he was depicted on handmade signs as a scary clown and pile of poop.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, had a sizable contingent of supporters, mostly female students.

But there wasn’t overwhelming enthusiasm for the Democratic nominee, despite many conceding they will likely vote for her.

Anti-Trump students at Washington University hold "Make America Grope Again" sign. (Photo: Chance Seales)
Anti-Trump students at Washington University hold “Make America Grope Again” sign. (Photo: Chance Seales)

Those admissions, in keeping with some polls showing Clinton sinking below 50 percent among millennials, were made between sighs and grimaces.

“So I’m rooting for a giant meteor instead of Trump or Clinton, “ junior Carter Durno said with a smirk.

Elizabeth Wagner, a freshman from Tennessee, held a Johnson-Weld sign and argued, “You already know about Clinton and Trump; they’re the establishment. People like outsiders.”

Other students like Ann Smithson, a junior, decided to eat their broccoli instead of indulging on the more appealing third-party candy.

“Jill Stein can’t even pass a dead gorilla in the polls, so, I mean, compared to the awful alternative of Trump, I guess Hillary’s what I have to go for,” Smithson said, “but I’m not super excited about it, if I have to be honest.”

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