Sunday, January 10, 2016

What do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common?

Given the recent spate of comparisons to Sanders, I thought it'd be useful to put together a reminder that Trump has far more in common with Clinton than with any other Democratic candidate. To spare the reader any further 7,000 word essays, I'll try to keep this concise and readable, though I suspect the list will grow:

  • Trump and Clinton both have household wealth ranking them in the upper .02% of the US.
  • Trump and Clinton both have campaigns that are significantly funded by the real estate industry.
  • Trump and Clinton are both white Ivy League baby boomers.
  • Trump and Clinton both have their campaign headquarters and central political networks based in New York City.
  • Trump and Clinton have both been planning their presidential runs for over a decade.
  • Trump and Clinton have both built their campaigns on the built-in advantages of name recognition and major imbalances in corporate media coverage.
  • Trump and Clinton have both advocated deterring crime with more aggressive policing and more draconian penalties including longer prison sentences.
  • Trump and Clinton have both openly opposed gay marriage.
  • Trump and Clinton have both championed wall-building as a primary approach to immigration control.
  • Trump and Clinton have both proposed Ukraine accession into NATO, which would legally obligate the US by international treaty to enter into war against the Russian Federation.
  • Trump and Clinton have both blamed poverty on lazyness and have both advocated harsher welfare restrictions and cuts.
  • Trump and Clinton have both actively criticized the Obama administration's foreign policy as too doveish.
  • Trump and Clinton both rely significantly on nationalistic rhetoric about American greatness.
  • Trump and Clinton have both actively campaigned for candidates from the opposing party.
  • Trump and Clinton have higher unfavorable ratings than any other candidates in their parties.
  • Trump and Clinton are both running directly against their own past positions on multiple major issues and relying on convenient and largely unverifiable claims that their views have evolved.
  • Trump and Clinton are both, of course, open capitalists who have directly rejected socialism in their campaigns.
  • Trump and Clinton have both been credibly accused of buying / intimidating into silence victims of sexual assault.