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The Conversation / Trump vs. Clinton

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Doral, Fla.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Doral, Fla. The Associated Press

Last Sunday’s Conversation asked: What do you see as the policy differences of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?


Tyrant Trump’s fluff appeal

Re “Trump’s appeal? In part, it’s just good TV” (Forum, Dan Morain, July 24): To put it very succinctly: Trump: Fluff. Clinton: Substance.

Fluff: Void of detail. Substance: Full of detail. Fluff: Cannot be examined. Substance: Can be examined. Fluff: I alone … Substance: We together. Policy differences matter.

Sheila LaPolla, Citrus Heights

Jordan Gildersleeve – Trump, not being a politician, is just saying what people want to hear, which is why he is creating such excitement. I’m not a Hillary supporter, but as an experienced politician she is not making promises she cannot keep. Please explain what exactly Trump is going to do. This isn’t a sole proprietorship where the owner can make all the rules and decisions. So how is he going to get his policies through Congress and the Senate? Seems like inexperience talking. Plus most Trump supporters have basically been saying they support Trump because they don’t want Hillary. That’s a terrible reason. Remember you don’t have to “toe the party line.”

Chris Smith – Hillary to me presents much of the same evidence-based, pragmatic, steady policy President Barack Obama has been working at for both of his terms which has been bearing a lot of fruit, especially in the last few years. Trump wants to knock over most of the domestic and foreign policy institutions we’ve built since World War II and turn the country inward on itself, promising a police state, and I don’t get the appeal of that at all.

Bill Schierenberg – Donald Trump = Isolationist regime and nationalistic paranoia, police state of 1930s Germany. Hillary Clinton = Optimistic future rebuilding a strong future for a global America, joint effort to work out our problems and not decisiveness.

Inna Tysoe – To me, oddly enough, the differences between the two campaigns is summarized by the two slogans: “Make America Great Again” and “Get Things Done.” Donald Trump looks back to some possibly mythical golden age of America when we were all rich, happy and secure. Factually speaking, the best years are now, but that’s not how it feels to most people who have come through the Great Recession, and Trump is very cleverly playing on those feelings of insecurity by offering a vague promise of “great again.” Hillary is far more fact-based. She knows that we are far less likely to get killed or victimized today than at any time in our history. We are eating better, living longer and are richer now than we have ever been. She is also very well aware that our government needs to work for all of us because what we desperately need to fix is income inequality and with it the sense of grievance many of us quite rightly feel. So her slogan is (as you would expect) “get it done.”

Amanda Smulevitz – “I alone can fix it” – every megalomaniac says that. There really is no comparison between Trump’s Barnumesque stagecraft and Clinton’s experienced statecraft.