Erica Garner tells theGrio she decided to ‘sit out’ Election 2016
In an exclusive interview with theGrio.com, Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner–the unarmed black man killed by a police chokehold in New York City–said that she decided to “sit out” this year’s presidential election.
The vocal Bernie Sanders supporter said she refused to be “scared” into choosing between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican nominee Donald Trump, as she doesn’t believe either candidate speaks to her principals.
“I chose to sit out,” Garner confessed. “A lot of people will be shocked that I chose to sit out, but I will not be scared into voting the lesser of two evils. I’m voting on principal and these are issues that I believe in, and no candidate is speaking my language. I have the next four years to next eight years to probably form the next leader that I believe in to lead this country.”
Despite sitting out this election, Garner believes Clinton will come out victorious. Still, she says she has little confidence in a Hillary Clinton presidency.
“When Hillary Clinton does become president, it will be more of the same. Our police officers will be heavily armed and her first plan of action wouldn’t be to help the black community. During Bill Clinton’s presidency we dealt with the War on Drugs and the crime bill, so I don’t have faith that this country will be any worse off if we had someone like Trump or Clinton.”
Watch the rest of the theGrio.com’s interview with Erica Garner and New York State Senator Kevin Parker below.