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Friday, July 20, 2018

Published with permission from Alternet.

When it comes to Hillary Clinton, supporters of Donald Trump aren’t known to mince words. But there’s one area in particular where both sides have found common ground.

Compared to Clinton, Trump falls far behind in experience. According to aGallup poll released Friday:

More than six in 10 Americans say Clinton has the experience it takes to be president (62%)—twice as many as say this about Trump (31%). In fact, experience is Clinton’s greatest overall strength from among those tested in the poll, and it is Trump’s single weakest attribute.

Of course, ratings among a candidate’s supporters will be predictably higher. Yet, even among Trump supporters, 34% agree that Clinton has the experience it takes to be president. This rating was higher than for any other individual characteristic regarding the candidate the respondents opposed. (emphasis ours)

It seems Clinton is aware she would do well to focus on her political experience advantage over Trump while campaigning against him.

“You know, there’s no risk of people losing their lives if you blow a big golf course deal,” Clinton announced at a San Diego press conference yesterday. “But it doesn’t work like that in world affairs. Just like being interviewed on the same episode of ’60 Minutes’ as Putin was, is not the same thing as actually dealing with Putin,” she mocked Trump. “So the stakes in global state craft are infinitely higher and more complex than in the world of luxury hotels,” Clinton continued.

She went on to joke about Trump’s “nasty Tweets,” to laughter and applause.

“Rather than solving global crises, [Trump] would create new ones. He has no sense of what it takes to deal with multiple countries with competing interests and reaching a solution that everyone can get behind,” Clinton said.

Photo: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes part in the Memorial Day parade in Chappaqua, New York, U.S. May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif