NEVADA—Hong Xiao came to the United States to work on her doctorate, and having been in the country for four years now want to support the president and preserve America’s freedoms. On Nov. 7, 2020, she attended a Stop the Steal rally with friends in Carson City, Nevada.
“We’re here with my friends because we want to show our support for Trump and we believe the counting and the process of the election has not been declared over yet and we want to make sure our voices are heard,” said Xiao, who is from Reno, Nevada.
“I want to tell everyone that I came to the country to study and we are very happy to be an American because we want to use our hard work and talent to advance this society. If we were in China we could still have a good life but then we have to lie and say what they want us to say in order to climb the ladder. I believe that America is not such a country and I don’t want that to change, from now on,” she said.
“I believe America has been a very free country, and China wasn’t a free country and China still isn’t a free country. I don’t want to see Americans having to censor their own language to live, to have a job, to even buy groceries.”
“The difference is the system, America has a system ruled by laws,” Xiao said, while China is governed by the people who rule, in this case the Chinese Communist Party.
“Trump is one of the people who is willing to talk, to say something against the main narrative, which is why I compared this to China’s situation. Because in China you don’t want to speak out, because you’re afraid of retaliation. Trump was not afraid and we should not be afraid,” Xiao said.
Xiao said that she and others through President Donald Trump was going to win on election day; Trump had been in the lead until midnight when people left to rest. Then there was a big change.
“Everybody was feeling like they were in a movie, to see the drama play out, right?” she said. But she believes this is a temporary limbo, and the matter will be resolved before the end of the year.
“I’m happy that Americans are still fighting and I’m happy that there’s still hope, I think that’s of the most significance.”
With reporting by Annie Wang.