Trump versus Clinton

A look at the practices, policies and participation of this year's race to the White House

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In the heat of the 2016 election, students of voting age may find themselves weighing the pros and cons of each candidate. With Trump’s recent sexual assault allegations and Clinton’s email scandal, many people have varying opinions over who is the better choice.

During the second Presidential Debate held on October 9, both candidates addressed their current controversies.

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During the second Presidential Debate held on October 9, both candidates addressed their current controversies.

In the past (however long), Trump has been accused of various accounts of sexual assault, but has denied these accusations.  Voters like Vic Dhooge said they’re disgusted with Trump’s actions, while Clinton’s are excusable.

“Trump is not fit for office. I think he should’ve never been allowed to run,” Dhooge said. “Clinton was improper in using a private email, but I can forgive what she did.”

Voter Alexandra Campos said that what worries her most is how a Trump presidency may affect young females in America, like her younger sister.

“He’s a bad role model compared to Hillary,” Campos said. “If he does win, she’s gonna have to grow up with her first president as Trump and I don’t like that she’s not gonna be able to have a president that doesn’t have a history of talking down women.”

Similarly, Barbara Cobos said that as a parent of a teenage daughter, she cares about having a president who will respect females.

Clinton seems respectful of both women and men. That’s a very good thing for our kids to witness.”

— Barbara Cobos

“From what I know, Clinton seems respectful of both women and men,” Cobos said. “That’s a very good thing for our kids to witness.”

Clinton reportedly deleted 33,000 emails from a private email during her position of Secretary of State that contained official exchanges of classified information that should’ve been sent through official State Department email servers. Voter Harry Sidel said that he believes Clinton’s actions are worse since they are proven to have happened.

“With the accusations about Trump, they’re nothing but accusations, while Clinton broke the law,” Sidel said. “Once she became Secretary of State, she was supposed to use a server set up by the United States government. The difference is she broke the law and Trump, as of yet, hasn’t broke the law.”

“The difference is she broke the law and Trump, as of yet, hasn’t broke the law.””

— Harry Sidel

In addition, there are some voters, such as Paisley Humpburn, who said they don’t agree with either of the candidates.

“They’re both awful, just in different ways,” said Humpburn. “I don’t prefer either crime over either crime. People always talk about choosing the lesser of two evils, but that’s really difficult for me.”