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Moderate conservative Republican perspective: Which presidential candidate makes you feel safer, and why?

By Ari Givner

Section: Features

September 16, 2016

Neither makes me feel particularly safe. Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information in her emails is an astounding display of negligence. FBI Director Comey told Congress, “I don’t think that our investigation [into Clinton’s emails] established she was actually particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information and the levels and treatment.” He also said that she may not have been able to identify which markings on documents indicated that they were classified. That is absurd. Under normal circumstances, a scandal of this scale could end a presidential campaign. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

Hillary Clinton is very fortunate to be running against one Donald J. Trump, a presidential candidate with a profound lack of foreign policy and national security know-how. On “Meet the Press,” he said he watches television shows for military advice. In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, Trump acknowledged that he didn’t know the leaders of any foreign terrorist organizations. And while speaking with George Stephanopoulos, he said that, if he becomes president, Vladimir Putin will never go into Ukraine, even though Putin is already there.

His ignorance shines through his foreign policy proposals which are vague, incoherent and self-contradictory. His temperament hasn’t inspired much confidence in him either. A knowledge deficit mixed with self-restraint issues makes for a lethal presidential combination. This has inspired more than 50 Republican foreign policy and national security experts to, in an unprecedented move, sign a letter declaring Trump unfit to be commander-in-chief.

So although neither candidate makes me feel particularly safe, Trump makes me feel much, much less safe than Clinton.

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