Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

For a detailed analysis of each candidate’s positions check out the Clinton and Trump pages.

Trump vs Clinton Comparison on Main Issues:

Guns (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Supports the Second Amendment right of law-abiding Americans to possess firearms6
  • Favors enforcing existing firearms laws6
  • States that gun and magazine bans are not effective6
  • States that the background check system is broken6
  • Favors a nationally-recognized concealed carry permit6
  • Favors allowing members of the military to carry firearms on bases and recruiting centers6
  • Pledges to nominate Supreme Court justices who will uphold the Second Amendment49
  • Expand and bring back programs like Project Exile49
  • Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves49
  • Reform laws to make it easier to act when a person is mentally unstable49
  • Supports a nation-wide right to carry49
  • Pledges to close the “Charleston Loophole” that allows a firearm sale to proceed if the background check is not completed within three days23
  • Pledges to subject sellers of firearms on the internet and at gun shows to the same requirement to conduct background checks as gun stores, if they sell a large volume of firearms23
  • Pledges to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that gives the firearm industry immunity from prosecution for crimes committed with its firearms23
  • Pledges to make straw purchasing a federal crime23
  • Pledges to prohibit those suffering from severe mental illness from purchasing a firearm23
  • Supports a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban23
  • Favors allowing the FBI to stop gun sales to suspected terrorists63

Immigration (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Proposes building a wall between the US and Mexico to control illegal immigration1,7
  • States that current immigration laws should be enforced, including those relating to deportation7
  • Proposes tripling the number of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers7
  • Favors increasing penalties for those who overstay their visas7
  • Favors ending birthright citizenship7
  • Proposes banning Muslims from entering the United States until US representatives can figure out, “what is going on”9
  • Cancel all overreaching and illegal executive orders43
  • Establish immigration controls that ensure jobs are offered to Americans first45
  • Select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in America45
  • Vet applicants to ensure they support America’s values45
  • Has a 10-point immigration plan45
  • End catch and release; anyone who illegally enters the US will be detained until deportation45
  • Expel criminal aliens45
  • End Obama’s executive amnesties45
  • End sanctuary cities45
  • Opposes issuing visas when applicants cannot be properly screened45
  • Favors opening enrollment in the Affordable Care Act to those with an illegal immigration status24
  • Pledges to create a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together and allows workers to become legal26
  • Pledges to end family detention and close private immigration detention centers26
  • Pledges to defend Obama’s executive actions (DACA and DAPA) for those who would have been covered under the proposed DREAM Act26
  • Pledges to focus law enforcement efforts on illegal immigrants who pose a violent threat to society26

Abortion (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • States that abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, incest, and in the interest of a mother’s life8
  • Pledges to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortions24
  • Favors repealing the Hyde Amendment24
  • Pledges to defend Planned Parenthood from Republican attacks36

Economic Policies (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Force Mexico to pay for a border control wall to be built between the two countries1
  • Proposes declaring China a currency manipulator and taking other policy action against China with the aim of putting US competition on a level playing field3
  • Favors lowering the corporate tax rate5
  • Favors a tax reduction for middle-class Americans, with no income tax required for individuals earning less than $25,000, or married earning less than $50,0005
  • Proposes eliminating the marriage penalty tax, the death tax, and the alternative minimum tax5
  • Proposes four income tax brackets, with the maximum being 25 percent5
  • Proposes taxing business income at no more than 15 percent5
  • Withdraw from the TPP41
  • Identify every trade violation foreign countries are using against the US and end these41
  • Renegotiate NAFTA to get a better deal for workers; if unsuccessful then withdraw from NAFTA41
  • Bring trade cases against China for unlawful subsidies41
  • Use every lawful tool to stop China from breaking trade laws and agreements41
  • Eliminate special interest loopholes42
  • Allow families to fully deduct the cost of child care from their taxes, including stay-at-home parents42
  • End regulations that inhibit job growth in America43
  • Make a temporary moratorium on new regulations that are not compelled by congress or public safety43
  • Boost the growth of the economy to 3.5 percent per year51
  • Has a plan to create 25 million jobs51
  • Proposes a tax credit of up to $2,500 for each student a parent has in college21
  • Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour21
  • Proposes to create a 15 percent tax credit for companies that share profits with their employees21
  • Supports ending the carried interest tax loophole21
  • Pledges a $275 billion federal infrastructure investment through 202127
  • Proposes the creation of a $25 billion infrastructure bank to fund related projects27
  • Opposes market economy status for China29
  • Pledges to end corporate inversions29
  • Pledges to double support for community development financial institutions and the State Small Business Credit Initiative31
  • Pledges to fight any Republican effort to weaken or repeal Dodd-Frank35
  • Pledges to subject hedge funds to the Volcker Rule35
  • Pledges to extend the statute of limitations for major financial frauds35
  • Proposes a tax tax credit for businesses that hire apprentices, $1,500 per year per apprentice37
  • Has a rural community support program61
  • Has a plan to improve investment in, and development of, technology62

Foreign Policy and Defense (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Force Mexico to pay for a border control wall to be built between the two countries1
  • Proposes declaring China a currency manipulator and taking other policy action against China with the aim of putting US competition on a level playing field3
  • Proposes bolstering the US military presence in the South China Sea3
  • States he would bring back waterboarding as a form of enhanced interrogation11
  • Work with Congress to repeal sequestration and make a new budget to rebuild the military44
  • Increase the Army to 540,000 active-duty troops, the Navy to 350 ships, the Air Force to 1,200 fighter aircraft, and increase the Marine Corps to 36 battalions44
  • Improve our missile defense system44
  • Reduce necessary bureaucracy of the Pentagon44
  • Pledges to order an immediate review of all US cybersecurity defenses and vulnerabilities39
  • Unify and strengthen responses to cybersecurity attacks39
  • Develop offensive cyber for deterrence and response39
  • Supports the notion of peace through strength47
  • End strategy of nation building and regime change47
  • Ensure the refugee policy takes into account Americans’ security47
  • Fight ISIS while working with allies in the region47
  • Pursue aggressive joint and coalition military activities to defeat ISIS47
  • Defeat the ideology of radical Islamic terrorism in a similar way to how Communism was defeated in the Cold War47
  • Temporarily suspend immigration from the most dangerous parts of the world47
  • Establish a Commission on Radical Islam for public education47
  • Declare American energy dominance as a foreign policy goal48
    • Pledges to never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon30
    • Pledges to continue to support the development of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen30
    • Pledges to confine and deter Russian aggressions in Europe30
    • States that a challenge to Israel’s security is a challenge to America’s security30
    • Pledges to invest in free-market and free-people partnerships in Latin America, Africa, and Asia30
    • Pledges to stick with allies and strengthen essential partnerships including in the Middle East and with NATO and Israel52
    • Supports Israels right to defend itself and opposes efforts to marginalize Israel on the world stage, while supporting a two-state solution52
    • Use diplomacy and development as tools of American power52
    • Build stronger ties between Cubans and Americans52
    • Press China to play by the rules when it comes to cyberspace, human rights, currency manipulation, trade, climate change, and territorial disputes52
    • Pledges to destroy ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria63
    • Pledges to work with allies to eliminate global terrorist networks63
    • Favors giving domestic law enforcement the tools they need to prevent terrorist attacks at home63
    • Favors ending sequestration68
    • Invest in net-centric warfare68

Education (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Does not favor Common Core10
  • Proposes spending $350 billion over the next 10 years to implement her education plans18
  • Pledges that no student will need to borrow to finance their in-state college education18
  • Proposes that Americans with student loan debt should be able to refinance their loans at current rates18
  • Pledges that anyone with student loan debt will be able to enroll in an income-based repayment program that is never more than 10 percent of their earnings18
  • Pledges to provide tuition-free community college22
  • Proposes a tax credit of up to $2,500 for each student a parent has in college21
  • Pledges that every 4-year-old will have access to high-quality preschool education by 202620
  • Proposes a child care system with scholarships as needed for student parents20

Healthcare, Retirement, and Social Programs (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Proposes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something that broadens healthcare access (HSAs) on a more affordable basis grounded on free-market principles and intra-state commerce2
  • Favors Health Savings Accounts (HSA)2
  • Proposes opening US pharmaceutical markets to overseas companies2
  • Ensure veterans get the care they need whenever and wherever they need it40
  • Proposes allowing veterans to obtain healthcare anywhere they want, and take other steps to improve veteran healthcare4
  • Support the whole veteran by also addressing mental health issues40
  • Empower doctors and nurses to ensure veterans receive the care they need in a timely manner40
  • Has a 10-point plan to reform the VA40
  • Work with states to establish high-risk pools to ensure those who have not had access to continuous coverage can get covered46
  • Favors allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines46
  • Supports Medicaid block grants to states46
  • Rewrite the tax code to allow for child care and elderly care expense deductions50
  • Allow tax-free child and elderly care savings accounts50
  • Provide low-income households with a childcare rebate50
  • Incentivize employers to provide workplace childcare50
  • Provide new mothers with six weeks of paid leave from work50
  • Invest $2 billion each year in an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease1
  • Pledges to defend the Affordable Care Act11
  • Pledges to invest $500 million per year in a campaign to educate people on how to sign up for Medicare11
  • Pledges to provide additional tax credits to make the Affordable Care Act more affordable11
  • Favors opening enrollment in the Affordable Care Act to those with an illegal immigration status11
  • Supports a public option for the Affordable Care Act11
  • Pledges to cap monthly and annual out-of-pocket costs at $250 per month for patients with HIV/AIDS12
  • Pledges to guarantee 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave per year, not to be below two-thirds of the original wage, to be paid for by taxing wealthier Americans18
  • Pledges to fight any effort to privatize or weaken Medicare or Social Security19
  • Opposes any cost-of-living reductions in Social Security19
  • Opposes any efforts to raise the retirement age for Social Security19
  • Favors allowing Medicare the right to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies19
  • Opposes privatizing the Veterans Administration20
  • Pledges to implement a New Bradley Plan to create a veterans council that will improve veterans’ access to healthcare and end the backlog of cases20
  • Has detailed pledges to address addiction and substance abuse53
  • Has a detailed plan to address HIV/AIDS54
  • Has a plan for improving mental health services and treatment66
  • Has a plan to ensure veterans’ timely access to quality care68
  • Has a plan to better support those with autism59

Marriage and LGBT Rights (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Favors allowing states to decide laws on transgender bathrooms, as opposed to federal legislation12
  • Pledges to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortions24
  • Favors repealing the Hyde Amendment24
  • Pledges to defend Planned Parenthood from Republican attacks36

Energy and Climate Change (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • States that the concept of climate change was created by China to make US manufacturing less competitive13
  • Eliminate Waters of the US Rule and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan43
  • Make America energy independent48
  • Make American energy dominance a strategic goal48
  • Unleash untapped shale, oil, coal, and natural gas reserves48
  • Open all federal lands to energy leasing, remove the moratorium on coal leasing, and open shale deposits48
  • Encourage consumption of America’s native energy resources48
  • Rescind Obama’s executive actions that relate to energy development48
  • Pledges to reduce American oil consumption by one-third4
  • Favors a national goal of 500 million solar panels installed by 20214
  • Pledges to produce enough renewable energy to power every home in America by 20214
  • Pledges to bring greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 20264
  • Pledges to implement and defend the Clean Power Plan4
  • Pledges to end wasteful tax subsidies to oil and gas companies4
  • Pledges to cut methane emissions by 40-45 percent4
  • Pledges to spend $30 million revitalizing coal communities4

Additional Stances (top)

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

  • Pledges to overturn the Supreme Court decision Citizens United2
  • Pledges to establish a small-donor matching campaign finance system for presidential and congressional elections2
  • Pledges to ensure that every college campus provides adequate support to student survivors of sexual assault3
  • Pledges to end private prisons6
  • Proposes reforming mandatory minimums and three-strikes laws to focus on violent crimes instead of non-violent drug offenses6
  • Proposes rescheduling marijuana to a Schedule II substance6
  • Supports restoration of voting rights to convicts who have served their sentence6
  • Proposes to expand Americorps from 75,000 to 250,000 members9
  • Pledges that by 2020 all American households will have access to affordable broadband internet14
  • Pledges to implement universal automatic voter registration for eligible 18-year-olds21
  • Pledges to allow early voting to begin at least 20 days before an election21
  • Has a plan for expanded national service55
  • Has a plan to protect wildlife and animals56
  • Has a plan to make housing more affordable57
  • Has an extensive plan to address racial justice that includes criminal justice system reform, protection of voting rights, addressing gun violence and environmental injustice, and ending violence against trangendered persons60
  • Has a criminal justice reform plan that includes strengthening trust between communities and police as well as ending mass incarceration and promoting successful re-entry of those formerly incarcerated64
  • Has a plan for improving the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act65
  • Has a plan for improving women’s rights and opportunity67

Sources (top)

(notes 1-38 accessed on May 15, 2016; notes 39-68 accessed October 10, 2016)

1 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/pay-for-the-wall
2 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform
3 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/us-china-trade-reform
4 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/veterans-administration-reforms
5 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/tax-reform
6 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/second-amendment-rights
7 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/immigration-reform
8 http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/21/politics/donald-trump-republican-platform-abortion/
9 http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/07/politics/donald-trump-muslim-ban-immigration/
10 http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/mar/07/donald-trumps-education-platform-stop-common-core-/
11 http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/06/donald-trump-waterboarding-republican-debate-torture
12 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-north-carolina-transgender-bathroom-law-election-2016/
13 https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/265895292191248385
14 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/alzheimers-disease/
15 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/campaign-finance-reform/
16 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/campus-sexual-assault/
17 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/climate/
18 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/college/
19 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/criminal-justice-reform/
20 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/early-childhood-education/
21 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/plan-raise-american-incomes/
22 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2015/08/10/college-compact-costs/
23 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/gun-violence-prevention/
24 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/
25 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/fighting-hiv-and-aids/
26 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/immigration-reform/
27 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/infrastructure/
28 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/lgbt-equality/
29 http://www.ohio.com/editorial/hillary-clinton-agenda-for-jobs-and-even-trade-1.663894
30 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/national-security/
31 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/paid-leave/
32 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/social-security-and-medicare/
33 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/veterans/
34 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/voting-rights/
35 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/wall-street/
36 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/womens-rights-and-opportunity/
37 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/workforce-and-skills/
38 http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/55463/hillary-clinton
39 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/cyber-security/
40 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/veterans-affairs-reform/
41 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/trade/
42 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/tax-plan/
43 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/regulations/
44 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/national-defense/
45 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/immigration/
46 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/health-care/
47 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/foreign-policy-and-defeating-isis/
48 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/energy/
49 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/constitution-and-second-amendment/
50 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/child-care/
51 https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/economy/
52 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/national-security/
53 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/addiction/
54 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/fighting-hiv-and-aids/
55 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/national-service/
56 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/protecting-animals-and-wildlife/
57 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/housing/
58 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/alzheimers-disease/
59 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/autism/
60 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/racial-justice/
61 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/rural-communities/
62 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/technology-and-innovation/
63 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/combating-terrorism/
64 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/criminal-justice-reform/
65 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/disability-rights/
66 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/mental-health/
67 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/womens-rights-and-opportunity/
68 https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/military-and-defense

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