Seeds: As the presidential race heats up, the validity of each candidate's campaign has become a hot topic. One major piece of the discussion circles around some of the contradictory statements made by the candidates and the catchphrases they tout in their campaigns. One question people are asking is: Can we truly believe what they’re saying?
Core: Here are a few contradictory statements said by the two frontrunners:
Donald Trump: (well, frankly, there are a lot. Here are a few noted ones found by Politico staff writers)
“Look, I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject, but you still—I just believe in choice. … I am strongly for choice, and yet I hate the concept of abortion. … I am pro-choice in every respect … but I just hate it.” (NBC News, October 24, 1999)
“I am very, very proud to say that I’m pro-life.” (Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015)
“George W. Bush? I like him.” (CNN, October 8, 1999)
“Don’t talk to me about Bush. I was never a defender or a fan!” (Twitter, April 12, 2013)
“You’d be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as a Democrat.” (CNN, March 21, 2004)
“Look, I’m a Republican. I’m a very conservative guy in many respects—I guess in most respects.” (The Hugh Hewitt Show, February 25, 2015)
Hillary Clinton: (She is much more of a polished politician, so direct quotes are harder to find. Here are some inconsistencies in her policies)
[On same-sex marriage] “I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman...So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman...” (Speech, 2004).
“We should ban discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry, and work just like everybody else.” (HillaryClinton.com, June 13, 2015).
“Hard working Americans across our country deserve a president with both the ideas and the know-how to create good jobs with rising incomes right here in our country.” (Facebook Post, March 15, 2016)
[On President Obama’s handling of the economy -- it should be noted that during his presidency the annual income of middle class families has dropped and poverty has increased] “I'd give him an 'A.'” (The Boston Globe, October 17, 2015)
There is also a lot in her emails that contradicts many of the statements on her website now, but there is too much to get into now.
Skin: The contradictory statements of both Clinton and Trump make many Democrats and Republicans alike extremely wary. Bernie Sanders seems to be left of the discussions however, given that he is behind both candidates in polling numbers and the fact that several Americans seem to regard Sanders as their elderly, passionate, (democratic) socialist, flower-child uncle.
Leaves: With both frontrunners having some...dirty laundry… only time will tell whose scandalous contradictions prove more problematic.
Food For Thought: Should adult’s political opinions be allowed to change? Or is consistency required for someone to be a viable candidate? Do you think Trump’s or Clinton’s contradictions in any way make them unfit to be president?