2nd graders’ thoughts on presidential election

A second grade classroom has a different view of politic


NEW YORK (CNN) – After another extraordinary week in the presidential race, we’re going to take a break from the vitriol and vulgarities, and take you to a g-rated space. A second grade classroom and a different view of politics.

This is the Calhoun school in New York City, right across central park from Donald Trump’s home in Trump Tower, 33 miles away from Hillary Clinton’s home in the New York City suburb of Chappaqua.

Reporter: “And these are seven of the second graders at Calhoun! Thanks for having us here!”

Kids: “You’re welcome!”

Reporter: “What are the names of the people running for president?”

Kids: “Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”

Reporter: “And which one is the Republican and which one is the Democrat?”

Kids: “Donald Trump is the Republican and Hillary Clinton is the Democrat.”

Reporter: “What do you think a president needs to do?”

Girl: “I think presidents should make a law that kids get to stay up before bedtime and eat sweets and vote for Mason as president!”

Reporter: “Mason, you’ve been nominated as president! Do you guys want to see Mason as president?”

Kids: “Yeah, Mason! Mason! Mason!”

Reporter:  “What do you think Donald Trump does for a living?”

Kids: “He tells people to build buildings so he can make money.”

Reporter:  “Does he build the buildings? Is he out there with a hard hat? No. He makes a lot of money though.”

Reporter:  “How much do you think Donald Trump has?”

Kid: “At least a million a day.”

Reporter:  “At least one million a day. What do you think?”

Different Kid: “900 bucks!”

Reporter:  “900 bucks? What do you think Hillary Clinton’s job is? So what if I told you that?”

Girl: “I think her job is to go on the Ellen show.”

Reporter:  “That’s what you think she does for a living?”

Girl: “Yep, I always watch it and she’s always on.”

Kid: “Her husband was president already and she was already a first lady.”

Reporter: “That’s exactly right. Do you know what her husband’s name is?”

Kid: “Bill Clinton.”

Different Kid: “George Washington?”

Reporter: “Not George Washington! Bill Clinton’s old, but not as old as George Washington would have been.”

Kid: “Bill Clinton?”

Reporter: “Bill Clinton! Here’s a video from the debate. I want you to see this.”

Reporter: “What do you think when people talk over each other? Does that make it fun to watch the debate or not very much fun?”

Kid: “Not very fun.”

Reporter: “So what would you say to them about interrupting each other?”

Kid: “It should be like in school when you take turns saying something!”

Reporter: “So you would say to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, pretend you’re in second grade!”

Kids: “Yes!”

Girl: “I have advice for Donald Trump. Do not say mean words about Hillary Clinton. She needs some respect man. Give the lady a chance!”

Reporter: “Let me ask you this: don’t you think she should be nice to him too?”

Kids: “Yes.”

Reporter: “There’s an expression: what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. So what do you think? Do you all agree?”

Kids: “Yes!”

Reporter: “So do you think that they should follow the example of second graders better?”

Kids: “Yes, yes.”

Girl: “But if you want kids to believe in you, you should show them a proper way how to talk to other people, and give people their turn, so little kids can be inspired.”

Reporter: “I want to thank all of you for inviting us to Calhoun School.”

Kids: “You’re welcome!”

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