Trump vs Clinton. Little Is Off Limits as Donald J. Trump goes on assault of Hillary R. Clinton.
Several Clinton advisers said they were not underestimating Mr. Trump’s ability to do some damage, acknowledging that Mrs. Clinton’s unaffordability ratings were high — though not as high as Trump’s — and that many Americans had concerns about her honesty and trustworthiness, according to polls. "Trump is a real lowbrow brawler,” said one of her political strategists. “That’s not her style. She has to counteract him, and the best for her be to keep cool.”
Mark Penn, the chief strategist for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and the Harvard University Center for American Political Studies have conducted polling that indicates attacks against Mrs. Clinton over her private email server, the deaths in Benghazi and other issues would weaken her in a matchup against Mr. Trump.
“The poll shows he could bring her vote down with sharp attacks, but that does not bring his vote up,” Mr. Penn wrote in an email.
Some of her supporters said they were concerned about a wreck Trump could do. They described him as a true street fighter and worried that she's not be as gutsy and nimble enough to deliver a knockout punch. For Clinton, the coming battle is huge examination. Some said that "she has decades of experience and qualifications" (oh, please!), but it may not be "the merit" that wins her the "presidency" — it may be how she handles the humiliations inflicted by Mr. Trump. After decades of enjoying what she once called “the politics of personal destruction,” Hillary Clinton might be winning the White House only if she survives in more sordid scandalous accusations, calculated and performed with surgical precision.
“Just getting nasty with Hillary won’t work,” Mr. Trump said in telephone interview to NYT. “You really have to get people to look hard at her character, and to get women to ask themselves if Hillary is truly sincere and authentic. Because she has been really ugly in trying to destroy Bill’s mistresses, and she is pandering to women so obviously when she is only interested in getting power.”
Also he noted that women did not like seeing Mrs. Clinton insulted or bullied by men. He said he wanted to be more strategic, by calling into question Mrs. Clinton’s judgment in her reaction to Mr. Clinton’s affairs — people close to the couple have said she was involved in efforts to discredit the women — and in her response to crises like Benghazi.
Mr. Trump will try to hold her accountable for serious security lapses at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and for the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens there.
And he must prove, that Mrs. Clinton is fundamentally corrupt to the core, by invoking everything from her inglorious past: from cattle futures trades in the late 1970s to the federal investigation into her email practices as secretary of state.
Good luck, Donald! May The Force be with you!
And now, supporting statistics.
Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a slim 4-point lead over GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Clinton has 41 percent support against 37 percent for Donald Trump, within the poll’s margin of error.
Reuters reports that the race has narrowed since last week, driven primarily by a drop in Clinton’s favorability among voters. Only 45 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, down slightly from last week. Trump’s favorable numbers have also dipped, however. Just 41 percent of the electorate have a favorable opinion of the real estate developer.
Trump’s drop in favorability alongside Clinton’s has prevented the GOP nominee from moving above the Democrat in the tracking poll. Trump does, however, have a significant lead among Independents in the poll. He is the choice of 42 percent of Independents, far more than the 19 percent who prefer Clinton.
38 percent of Independents are undecided between the two frontrunners. Factoring in the poll’s margin of error, “neither” could be the top choice of Independent voters.
Hillary now has a substantial lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primary, according to the poll. She leads the socialist Senator 56-41 among Democrats. That said, in a general election match-up against Trump, she has the backing of just 75 percent of Democrats. Just over 1-in-10 Democrats support Trump while another 14 percent are undecided.
Trump, arguably, has more work to do than Clinton, though, on solidifying his support among Republicans. In a match-up against Clinton, Trump has the support of 69 percent of Republicans, 6 points lower than Clinton’s support among Democrats. Just 8 percent of Republicans would support Clinton, but almost a quarter of Republicans are still undecided.
Not bad, actually.
By Boris Albin.