Clinton -V- Trump: The Key Issues

As it stands, the United States of America will elect a new on Tuesday 8th November. Never before has there been such scrutiny over the two front runners – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While each candidate is problematic, Clinton holds the the title of the “best of a bad bunch,” leaving many to wonder, how did the self proclaimed greatest nation on earth come to this?

While voting has already opened in many states, thanks to early ballot casting, iCov takes one final look at what both a Clinton and a Trump victory means for not only the USA, but rest of the world too.

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore | Hilary Clinton by Marc Nozell

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore | Hilary Clinton by Marc Nozell


Just like Brexiteers used immigration as a scapegoat to Britains problems, Trump has outlined immigration as one of his key issues. While cooling off from his initial calls for deportation of 11 million undocumented migrants and blanket ban of all muslims entering the USA, he has not retracted them entirely. Most noticeably however is his desire to build a wall spanning the length of the US-Mexico border – that he intends to make Mexico to pay for. Trump also wishes to reduce legal immigration and speed up deportation proceedings for undocumented immigrants.

Clinton alternatively wishes to continue Obamas work efforts to normalise the immigration status of long term undocumented immigrants – as well as their families. She aims to introduce a comprehensive reform that supports this, allowing for undocumented immigrants to obtain legal residency, followed by US citizenship. She has simply referred to Trumps wall as a “dumb way” to combat immigration.


Trump has criticised US military action in the Middle East and opposed the invasion upon Iraq. However, he has taken a hard stance on the combat against IS and has stated that the US should send in thousands of ground troops to fight. However, he also believes that NATO should lead the fight, claiming that the US “foots too much of the bill” and that US allies should share greater expense for their own protection. He would like closer relations with Russia.

Clinton supported the war in Iraq and advocated US air strikes in Libya. She believes that the US should expand their role in the fight against IS through air combat and armament of Syrian rebels, however she opposes US ground troops fighting. Clinton also believes there should be a continued US military presence in Afghanistan and unlike Trump, fully backs the American role in NATO and believes it is important to counter Russian power. Her stance on Iraq is something she now claims to regret.


Trump has mixed views on climate change and how to combat the global problem. While supporting clean water and air, he wants to cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency. He has made statements that include calling man-made climate change a “hoax” and economically damaging regulations as having been implemented by “political activists with extreme agendas”.

Clinton believes climate change is a key issue, and would go as far to say that it is a “threat to American security”. She supports strict regulations, but has not opposed fracking. She has, however, opposed the expansion of drilling in Alaska and the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada.


Trump controversially claimed that women who had abortions should receive “some form of punishment” and supports a ban on the procedure, with the exception of “rape [or] incest [pregnancies]” or if the life of the mother was threatened by the pregnancy. He has called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded.

Clinton opposes efforts to ban the procedure after the 20-week mark. Taking the standard Democratic stance on abortion, she has criticised efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, arguing that their aid to woman health does more good than harm.


Trump has promised the Second Amendment would be “safe” if he was elected. He counters claims of gun control needing regulation by arguing that armed people could have intervened to save lives instead.

Clinton has had to deny that her election would place the Second Amendment in uncertainty. However, she does strive for tighter background checks and a ban on assault weapons.


Trump believes “violence and lawlessness is out of control” in the US. He believes racial profiling is needed to prevent future attacks on America and believes that the police cannot effectively fight crime because of “runaway political correctness”. He supports “stop and frisk” techniques, believing that the policy is highly successful in New York.

Clinton opposes this. She – along with many experts – believes that “stop and frisk” policies have proven ineffective. Furthermore, she recognises racial bias in police departments and wants to address this, along with supporting laws that prohibit racial profiling.

While the result is uncertain, the course of America’s history will change in the wake of this vote.

Keep updated with our coverage all night over on Twitter and Facebook.

Holly McLaren

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