As the real estate mogul looks to be on course to claim the Republican candidacy, Clinton’s campaign has revealed it is fighting back.
Her team has compiled the detailed plan which will portray The Donald as a dangerous loose cannon and bigot who would damage the country.
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Hillary Clinton is preparing for battle against Donald Trump with a five point plan to destroy the Republican front-runner’s dreams of the presidency
Geoff Garin, Clinton’s chief strategist in 2008, told the Times the campaign would attack Trump on his ‘temperament’ and ‘whether he is suited to be commander in chief.’
Can he ‘really be relied on as a champion for anyone but himself?’ he asked.
President Barack Obama has already argued Trump cannot be trusted with the position of the free world.
While Bill Clinton will ready to respond when the candidate hits out – allowing his wife to stay above the fray to be seen as a champion of fairness.
Edward G. Rendell, a former governor of Pennsylvania supporting Clinton, said the key to defeating Trump is to keep goading him into make more and more extreme, offensive comments.
HILLARY’S FIVE POINT PLAN TO BEAT TRUMP
1. Attack Trump’s explosive temper and ability to run the country
2. Highlight the Republican front-runner’s sexist and bigoted attitudes to turn female votes against him
3. Show him as a ruthless businessman who had worked against the interests of working classes
4. Keep Hillary out the fray and enlist allies like Obama and Bill Clinton to criticize on her behalf
5. Goad him to making ever more offensive comments which will alienate voters
‘For every one of those blue-collar Democrats he picks up, (with those comments) he will lose to Hillary two socially moderate Republicans and independents in suburban Cleveland, suburban Columbus, suburban Cincinnati, suburban Philadelphia, suburban Pittsburgh, places like that,’ he said.
The campaign is already highlighting what they say is evidence of Trump’s sexist and racist attitudes as well as his childishness and quick temper.
Trump was forced to defend himself at the end of last year when he used the word ‘schlonged’ to describe Clinton’s 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama.
In the most brutal salvo in the 2016 general election, he said Hillary ‘got schlonged’ by the current occupant of the Oval Office when Obama came out of nowhere to snatch the presidential nomination from her.
Trump insisted the word was not sexist but a common political phrase.
Clinton later called him out for the statement, accusing him of using a ‘bullying’ campaign.
‘I really deplore the tone of his campaign, the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people,’ Clinton said, ‘and his going after groups of people with hateful, incendiary rhetoric.’
Bill Clinton will ready to respond when the candidate hits out – allowing his wife to stay above the fray to be seen as a champion of fairness
Even with the carefully crafted plan, there are fears that it may not be enough to stop Trump.
According to private polling obtained by the New York Post, Trump’s support in his own backyard is ‘surprisingly strong’ despite the state’s history of voting for Democrats.
If former New York City Major Michael Bloomberg gets in as an independent, the road to the White House gets even tougher for Clinton, the Post’s sources said.
Bloomberg would take away a ‘significant’ amount of votes from Clinton, they told the Post.
Barack Obama won the state both times he ran with 63 percent of the vote. An ex-New York senator, Clinton was expected to do at least as well.
The last time New York voted for a Republican was 1984, when Ronald Reagan was on the ballot.
Trump’s candidacy could throw that into jeopardy. The billionaire was born in Queens and has made New York City his home.
Clinton and her husband bought a house there in 1999, during Bills final term in office, so she could run for the U.S. Senate.
She won the 2000 race and held the position for until 2008 when she was asked to serve in President Obama’s cabinet as secretary of state.
Trump is leading comfortably in Georgia and is expected to win at least eight of the 11 primaries and caucuses
Since resigning, in early 2013, Clinton has spent much of her time in New York, working for her family’s foundation, aside from her 2016 run for the White House, that is.
Still, she’s no native New Yorker like Trump, and that could help the billionaire secure a victory in the state and collect all its delegates come November.
A major problem for Clinton is likeability.
‘In the suburbs and upstate, Trump has a net positive while Hillary is a net negative,’ a Republican operative told the New York Post. ‘She’s more of a liability than many Democrats realized.’
The confidential polls suggested that Trump’s supporters are more intense and may be more lilkely than Hillary’s backers to vote.
A Siena College poll released earlier this month shows that Trump isn’t very well-liked in New York, either, though.
Seven in 10 New York voters said he’s not their cup of joe. He did better with Republicans, but barely made it out of the red.
Five in 10 members of his own political party said they like him, and 43 percent said they do not. Democrats were against him 87-12. Dragging down his numbers further, two thirds of independents said they’re not hot on Trump.
Clinton had an overall favorability rating of 50 percent. When just Democrats were considered, that shot up to 73 percent. Republicans said 84 -14 that they don’t like her. She scored better with independents than Trump, though – 53 percent gave her yeas, and 42 percent gave her nays.
More importantly, New Yorkers said they’d pick Clinton over Trump in a general election scenario.
She’d beat him 57-32, the Siena poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent, discovered.