Its not exactly a secret the presidential election has America completely divided.
There is a great deal of animosity across the country right now, and people cant seem to have civil conversations about virtually any issue.
Amid all this noise, it can be difficult to discern where the candidates for the two major parties truly stand on the issues.
Dont worry, weve got you covered.
Heres a no-nonsense guide to the positions and proposed policies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Clinton, who is a former senator and secretary of state, is often criticized for voting yes for the invasion of Iraq. Shes since said this was a mistake.
The invasion of Iraq helped facilitate the rise of ISIS, which stands as perhaps the biggest issue for the US when it comes to foreign affairs.
The US has conducted over 12,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in itseffort to defeat ISIS, and there are currently over 5,000 US troops on the ground in Iraq and a few hundred in Syria.
Christian Thiels (@ThielsChristian) October 18, 2016
Clinton has outlined an approach to ISIS, and terrorism generally, that is largely a continuation of President Obamas policies.
She supports the use of drones and drone strikes, for example.
CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) September 27, 2016
Clinton recently said,
Were not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again.
But the fact of the matter is there already are US ground troops in Iraq, and its risky to speak in absolutes when it comes to such issues.
The former secretary of state seemed to be echoing President Obama in stating this, however, and was perhaps trying to further distance herself from her association with the Iraq War.
Like President Obama, Clinton also opposes the use of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture).
She also wants to close the prisonat Guantanamo Bay.
While there is no substantial evidence refugees pose a major risk in terms of terrorism, the global refugee crisis has been linked to this issue.
Clinton would like the US to accept more Syrian refugees, but also supports increased screening of refugees.
Nightline (@Nightline) October 10, 2016
Continuing to build off the work of the Obama administration, Clinton also condones the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord.
Shes a strong supporter of NATO and highly critical of Russia.
Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 27, 2016
Clinton is also a strong supporter of Israel and described its security as a national priority for the US.
While she stands with President Obama on most foreign policy issues, Clinton claims to be against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
But she hasnt been particularly outspoken about this, and leaked emails have led some to suggest shes actually pro-TPP.
Donald Trump claims he didnt support the invasion of Iraq, but a 2002 interview with Howard Stern contradicts this assertion.
He supports sending US troops to combat ISIS.
In an interview with CBS Lesley Stahl, Trump said,
Were going to declare war against ISIS. We have to wipe out ISIS.
I am going to have very few troops on the ground.
Were going to have unbelievable intelligence, which we need; which, right now, we dont have. We dont have the people over there.
Trump also said he would bomb the shit out of ISIS.
During an interview with Fox &Friends in December, the real estate mogul also suggested he would kill the families of terrorists. He stated,
When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.
They care about their lives, dont kid yourself. When they say they dont care about their lives, you have to take out their families.
Trump also supports the use of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture).
The Republican presidential nominee is vehemently against the US accepting more Syrian refugees.
He also reportedly asked an unnamed foreign policy expert why the US cant use its nuclear weapons.
The Republican presidential nominee is against the TPP and the Paris climate accord.
He also said he would be neutral on the issue of Israel-Palestine, but has been somewhatunclear on his overall stance.
Hillary Clinton champions immigration reform and supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Why is Hillary fighting for comprehensive immigration reform? For people like Betsaida and Rafael:https://t.co/eX07wuOY4z
Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 15, 2015
This choice couldn’t be starker. pic.twitter.com/9msdztcXbE
Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 1, 2016
In May, she said,
If we claim we are for family, then we have to pull together and resolve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system.
The American people support comprehensive immigration reform not just because its the right thing to do and it is but because they know it strengthens families, strengthens our economy, and strengthens our country
We cant wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.
Clinton has pledged to introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship within her first 100 days in office if shes elected.
Trump has made immigration one of the central issues of his campaign.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2016
His website outlines a 10-point plan to address immigration.
Central to this plan is Trumps desire tobuild a wall along the US-Mexico border. He claims Mexico will pay for the wall.
While Trump initially suggested he wanted to deport every single undocumented immigrant in the US over 11 million people his latest plan would target around 5 million for deportation.
Trump wants to create a deportation task force and recently stated,
Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation.
RT America (@RT_America) September 1, 2016
Trump does not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Clinton wants toensure the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share in taxesand wants to reduce taxes on low and middle-income earners.
She does not support decreasing the corporate income tax and is a strong supporter of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Clinton wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour.
The former secretary of state would like to invest in infrastructure to create jobs and wants to restrict companies from moving profits overseas.
Clinton believes there is a gender pay gap and wants to ensure equal pay.
Trump says he wants to cut taxes across-the-board, including for low and middle-incomeAmericans.
But a recent analysis of his tax plan showed it could actually end up increasing taxes for low- and middle-income families.
Trump has shifted his position on the minimum wage a number of times. Hes argued against raising it, but also suggested hed support raising it to $10.
Like Clinton, the real estate mogul would like to invest in infrastructure.
Unlike Clinton, Trump does not support the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The Republican presidential nominee said he believes women should earn equal pay for equal work, but hasnt proposed any specific policies in this regard.
Trump is highly critical of globalization and has made keeping jobs and wealth in America a central aspect of his rhetoric.
New Trump ad gets back to the issues that propelled his candidacy: NAFTA, jobs, manufacturing and the economy. https://t.co/Xu5xbEMqAz
Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 18, 2016
The real estate mogul recentlypromised to create 25 million jobs with his economic plan.
He wants to reducethe corporate tax rate.
Racial tension and police brutality
PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 27, 2016
She believes police should wear body cameras andsupports federal funding going toward law enforcement being trained in crisis intervention and deescalation.
Clinton is often criticized for her use of the racially-charged term superpredators as first lady and for supporting a crime bill that increased mass incarceration.
In March, Clinton characterized her support for that legislation as a mistake. She added,
Thats why I am focused and have a very comprehensive approach towards fixing the criminal justice system, going after systemic racism that stalks the justice system, ending private prisons and ending the incarceration of low level offenders and I am committed to doing that.
When Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination in July, she argued Americans needs to do more to acknowledgesystemic racism.
Trump has not offered support to Black Lives Matter and has suggested the movement leads to the killing of police officers.
He did argue, however, that police should wear body cameras.
Trump believes crime is rampant and we have to give power back to the police.
Correct The Record (@CorrectRecord) September 22, 2016
On this topic, its worth noting violent crime has actually decreased significantly in the US since the 1980s.
Moreover, while Trump has been critical of Obama and hasquestioned the presidents support for police, the average number of police fatalities is far lower under Obama than it was under previous presidents.
Clinton is very vocal on the issue of gun control.
While she supports gun rights, she also condonesan assault weapons ban.
The Republican presidential nominee is very vocal about his support for the Second Amendment.
VIDEO: Donald Trump says nightclub shooting would have had a different result had people been armed with guns. https://t.co/UhUgnYYt2h
The Associated Press (@AP) June 19, 2016
Trump does not support anassault weapons ban and nor has he proposedclosing the gun show and Internet sales loophole.
He does, however, support barring people on the no-fly list from buying guns.
Around 40 million Americans collectively owe over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.
Clinton wants to makecollege debt-free for students.
Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 21, 2016
She wants tuition and public colleges and universities to be free for families making less than $125,000 a yearand reduce rates on existing loans. Clinton says this would be paid for by tax increases.
Some have criticized her plan and argue it could end up increasing tuition.
Trumpcharacterized student debt as a tremendous problem in the United States.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2015
The real estate mogul recently outlined his stance on student loan debt at a rally in Columbus, Ohio. He stated,
We would cap repayment for an affordable portion of the borrowers income, 12.5 percent, wed cap it.
That gives you a lot to play with and a lot to do.
And if borrowers work hard and make their full payments for 15 years, well let them get on with their lives. They just go ahead and they get on with their lives.
This income-based repayment plan is actually quite similar to programs pushed and expanded by the Obama administration.
Clinton wants to expand onthe Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 4, 2016
She wants to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and double funding for community health centers.
Clinton is extremely vocal about reproductive rights and a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood.
The former secretary of state also supports paid family and medical leave.
Trump wants to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2016
He does not support reproductive rights, and at one point suggested women who get abortions should be punished.
Trump recently stated Planned Parenthood should be defunded as long as they continue to perform abortions and called for the Hyde Amendment to be made a permanent law.
He also said he will nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court.
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