2016 Presidential Race

Hillary Clinton Has a Donald Trump Problem

Democrats Laugh at Trump, But Should Think More About Clinton

by Josh Guckert

Donald Trump has been in the news non-stop over the past few weeks for making controversial statements on immigration. The fact that Trump has become a front-runner in some Republican primary polls has led to criticisms by some Democrats of the current state of the GOP, suggesting that it is far removed from the pulse of the country. And those sentiments may very well be accurate.

Trump is white, extremely wealthy and nearing 70 years of ago. He had a privileged childhood, leading to him first attending, a private college, and then later an Ivy League school. He has been both a Republican and a Democrat, and has most recently seemed inclined to change his political positions as election season draws nearer. He has been in the public eye for decades and is known by nearly every American, though, likely much to his chagrin, he has just never been seen as particularly “likable.” He is known to abuse government power when it is to his advantage. Also, his marital problems have been well-documented, as has his large ego, which seemingly prohibits him from ever admitting fault.

Now re-read the above paragraph, but replace “Trump” with “Clinton,” and “he/his” with “she/her.” Fits pretty nicely, doesn’t it? As much as Democrats may be having fun watching the Republicans prop up this “joke candidate,” perhaps they should take a look at the woman who is aiming to become their standard-bearer.

Hillary Clinton has shown herself to be quite susceptible to corruption and entirely out of touch with the American public. In spite of Clinton having a seemingly clear path to the Presidency, Democratic primary voters in 2008 rejected her in favor of an at the time nearly anonymous freshman Senator from Illinois. The fact that she insists upon running again in 2016 suggests that Clinton has perhaps a strange sense of entitlement toward the Oval Office.

However, Clinton’s connections to Trump certainly don’t stop there. Trump has shown himself to be a fan of Clinton over the years, donating six figures to the Clinton Foundation and also donating to Clinton during her time as a US Senator in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The positive feelings are seemingly reciprocated, as Clinton also attended Trump’s wedding in 2005, where she had front-pew seating.

This may lead one to suggest, however, that these similarities would have no relevance when considering that the most divisive topic which Trump has delved into has been immigration and how he views most immigrants. But a sound clip from a 2003 radio show has Clinton sounding even more like Donald Trump.

Note that in the excerpt, Clinton states not that she is “adamantly” against the act of “illegal immigration,” but rather that she is against the people involved: the “illegal immigrants.” She continues in her remarks to exhibit little empathy, saying that “people have to stop employing illegal immigrants,” signifying an odd sense of derisiveness that typically infers the kind of populist xenophobia of which Trump has been accused.

In the years since those comments, the Democratic Party has taken a much more “welcoming” approach on immigration. Accordingly, as she pursues her party’s Presidential nomination for the second time, Clinton has drastically changed her rhetoric, stating that Republicans “range across a spectrum of being either grudgingly welcome or hostile toward immigrants.”

Democrats ought not to cheer too loudly about the problems which Donald Trump is creating for the Republican Party, because they might soon have similar trouble on their hands with their seemingly inevitable nominee. For as laughable and despicable as the Democratic Party finds Donald Trump, they may have their own version right in front of their eyes.

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