More than once conservative friends have told me that there is no real difference between Trump and Clinton. To test that hypothesis, consider this little thought experiment.
Imagine that a woman who came to fame as a reality TV star was running for president without any previous experience in office. Much of what she says terrifies the experts and reveals layers of ignorance. (What sort of statements? How about something like “[Putin’s] not going into Ukraine, okay? Just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down and you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want.” The sort of statements that would make a former CIA Director warn that she's become an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.) More than once her emotions have led her to lash out at people in her own party.
Her opponent is a man who has been senator and secretary of state and has worked closely with a president on special projects. His policies have even been endorsed by members of the opposition party.
Tell me that race would be close or that anyone would seriously think the two candidates were just the same.