My Thoughts On Trump vs Hillary


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Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, photo from Midnight Sun Exclusive

Victoria Sotomayor , Staff Writer

Before I delve into the Trump versus Hillary debate, I would like to make it clear that I have been trying to be as unbiased as possible. I put emphasis on “trying”, because I cannot help but sway to Hillary’s side. In my opinion, she is mature, respectful, and has a multitude of experience in politics. I agree with the majority of what she supports and plans to do with her time spent in the White House. However, when it comes to Trump, I feel the exact opposite. Fifty percent of my day is spent surrounded primarily by Democrats, while the other fifty  is spent in my hugely Republican household. So, I have heard all the arguments against Hillary, the conspiracy theories, the leaked recordings, and I have seen the distrust grow firsthand with Hillary ever since the election started. Personally, I understand the lack of trust. I am not saying that I agree with it, but it is reasonable, after all of these occurrences, that some people have lost trust in her.

To get a better sense of how each candidate stands in this election, here is a look at the different polls, and how they vary, across the internet. These are just a few of the polls updated for this past week.







Lucid/The Times-Picayune


40 42 5 2 Clinton +2


44 44 5 4 Tie


44 45 4 3 Clinton +1
Politico/Morning Consult


39 42 7 5 Clinton +3


46 45 3 4 Trump +1

It is clear that Hillary averages out to a lead over Trump, but these polls are not always completely accurate, and there are certainly more polls then these five. 


Photo: Washington Post
Photo: Washington Post

I highly recommend checking out this article by Buzzfeed called “Donald Trump Goes Poll Truther”, which sums up Trump’s extensive rhetoric that the system is rigged against him. It’s an interesting read, but also kind of terrifying.  I tried to read this with an open mind, and when I disregard most of the facts that I have learned, which prove our voting system is not in fact rigged, the conspiracies do have a way of getting to me.  But I stop myself when I remember that Trump claims that basically everything is rigged against him. Using his word as the basis for questioning the voting system in America is not very sensible. Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist on Romney’s 2012 campaign, put it best; “He’s just preparing himself for the humiliation of defeat.

His problem is he doesn’t have a pre-nup with voters — they get to decide. He can’t rig it in advance. The whole idea of a guy who inherited a company, inherited all his wealth, and is now talking about a ‘rigged system’? He is the poster child of a rigged system living on Fifth Avenue.”

Back in September, I found myself on the Vox Youtube channel.  There were two that came to my attention: “Hillary Clinton’s 3rd presidential debate performances left the Trump campaign in ruins” andFixing the debates: a better way to interrupt.” It’s safe to say that this channel is rooting for Hillary, but the way that Vox presents its arguments and how it analyzes the debates leads me to say that Vox is one of my favorites to watch for this election.  I highly recommend checking out their videos, but if choose not to, I will roughly explain what is said in them.

In the first video, Vox brings up some incredibly interesting points about the past three debates. Vox discusses Hillary’s strategic plan; her outstanding ability to memorize full briefs of information, targeting Trump’s weak points and attacking them, and overall knowing how to maneuver her campaign with incredibly detailed precision. One example being the fact that Hillary referred to the Republican nominee as “Donald” rather than “Trump,” a small detail that I had not noticed, but a detail that clearly impacted Trump and set the tone for the rest of the debates.

In the second video, Vox addresses an issue that I am sure many of us have been bothered by when watching these past few debates– the seemingly constant interruptions. As a viewer at home, trying to understand what either candidate is saying when two or three other people are speaking is overwhelming.  To put it simply– it’s frustrating.

Vox came up with a series of suggestions for improvement of these debates, the first one being to ditch the live audiences because the audience at home is, in a way, queued by the reactions of the live audience at the event.  The second suggestion is to have new types of moderators who would ask questions and think differently on what the electorate needs to know. Finally, Vox suggests the Chess Clock Model; a model where the candidates have equal time, and the candidates choose when to speak.

Now that the election is coming to a close, it is an important time to look back and reassess each candidate and how they performed and what promises they made. For all those who are eligible, remember to vote!

Photo: Louis Cohen