How Clinton Shadowboxed Trump at the Democratic Debate

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Media Outlet: Time

Jay Newton-Small wrote for TIME about Hilary Clinton's use of the Democratic debate to target Donald Trump:

Hillary Clinton may have been facing Bernie Sanders at Wednesday’s debate, but in reality she was shadowboxing Donald Trump.

The Republican frontrunner, who was the only GOP candidate who had supporters rallying in front of the Democratic debate, was the 800-pound gorilla in the room. He was named outright more than a dozen times, and referenced in the answers that didn’t refer to him directly.

In responding to questions about billionaire businessman, Clinton gave hints of what her general election strategy might look like. She mocked Trump’s “beautiful tall wall” and derided his divisiveness. She drew clear differences in their trade and climate strategies. And Clinton portrayed herself as earnest and wonky and positive, running “an inclusive campaign,” versus the real estate mogul she said profits from promoting divisiveness.


Jay Newton-Small was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow researching Alzheimer’s disease and end of life care. She is a correspondent for TIME magazine and author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way Washington Works.