Team Clinton or Team Trump? US Election Policy Breakdown

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Much has been made of who the presidential candidates are during the 2016 US presidential electionHillary Clinton is a ‘nasty woman’  who smiles too much/doesn’t smile enough, and is too shrill to be president. Donald Trump is a self-confessed sexual predator, and likes his daughter a little more than a father should.

While we know a lot about the people, we don’t know much about the policies. They seem to have gotten lost in the chaos of what will be remembered as the weirdest, most vicious election cycle in American history.

So, to make an informed choice about who you’ll be rooting for on election day (‘cos you can’t vote in it), here’s a breakdown of the two candidates’ policies.

Drug Policy

While Clinton has historically supported tough-on-crime laws that victimised low-level offenders and led to the mass incarceration of African Americans, the 2016 election has seen her change her tune.


Primarily, Clinton supports a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to the legalisation of recreational marijuana and believes that medical marijuana should be available to those who require it. She also supports a stronger standard of community policing, and wants to divert low-level drug offenders away from prison and into treatment & rehabilitation.

War on Drugs
An arrest made during Operation Pipeline, part of the American War on Drugs. Source

Trump’s drug policy is largely about building an enormous wall along the 2,100 mile border with Mexico and making Mexico pay for it. Trump’s official campaign website states:

“A Trump administration will secure and defend our borders…a wall will not only keep out dangerous cartels and criminals, but it will also keep out the drugs and heroin poisoning our youth.”

He also wants to aggressively investigate “sanctuary cities” – cities that don’t co-operate with federal immigration authorities in deportation cases. This he believes is the best way to get drug dealers out of the United States.

On a side note, it’s rumoured that Donald Trump is on cheap speed.


Clinton supports comprehensive immigration reforms that will provide a route by which illegal immigrants could attain full citizenship. She wants to deport violent undocumented immigrants, but otherwise intends to scale back immigration raids and increase border patrols.

A section of the United States/Mexico border. Source

Trump immigration policy is largely about building the aforementioned enormous wall along the Mexico-US border. He also wants to halt any kind of Muslim immigration into the United States, and has called for a thorough investigation of asylum seekers and refugees.


Clinton supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq and now wants to put an end to the situation it created (hindsight is 20/20). Her three-point plan for the destruction of ISIS includes stepping up bombing campaigns in Iraq and Syria, partnering with Silicon Valley to create better cyber-security infrastructure at home, and an online ‘denial-of-territory’  push that will discredit jihadist propaganda and hinder ISIS’ recruitment strategies.

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