Trump Hammers, Hillary Stammers

Donald Trump’s blunt response to a question on race at Monday night’s debate showed the difference between Trump’s hard nosed realism and Hillary Clinton’s decades of political parsing.

Republican nominee Donald Trump delivered a strong message about law and order that was squarely aimed every at American concerned about what they are seeing in the news day in and day out. By contrast, Hillary Clinton delivered a mush of platitudes that were likely aimed at the much smaller audience of guilty white liberals.

Hillary Clinton’s tepid response was designed to allow her to tiptoe a thin line to focus on the complaints of Black Lives Matter while not exactly coming right out and blaming the police. The result was a mess, with Clinton unable to effectively land any sort of punch against Trump.

More importantly, Trump did not just tie the concept of law and order to protecting any single group, but to protecting all people — especially African-Americans. This built on the unprecedented inroads that Trump has made with black voters in the last few weeks.

Trump also hammered on the fact that Chicago has had 4000 murders since Barack Obama’s presidency began and has had 3000 shootings this year alone. He suggested that law enforcement techniques like “stop and frisk” were effective in New York City when implemented by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and would be equally effective across the country in taking guns out of the hands of  bad guys.


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