Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump: A Flashback to Her Life's Work vs. His

Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump: A Flashback to Her Life's Work vs. His

hillary clinton, donald trumpHillary Clinton made history this week when she became the first woman in American history to win enough votes to become the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic party -- which of course means Clinton will now most likely be facing off against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 election. But just because they're now basically in the same position doesn't mean they followed the same paths to get there: Clinton and Trump's respective stories couldn't be more different.

One thing the candidates have in common, however, is age (Clinton was born in 1947, while Trump was born in 1946). So we took a look back at what the two politicians were doing during key points in time, highlighting career turning points (and some very interesting shifts in opinion). Click through our slideshow to compare Clinton and Trump's roads to the White House.


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  • 1965: Hillary Clinton


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    After graduating high school in Illinois, it was off to the East Coast (outside of Boston, to be precise) and the prestigious all-female Wellesley College for Clinton, where she majored in political science and psychology -- and where she was elected president of the campus Republican Club. She was also the first student to ever give a commencement speech.

  • 1965: Donald Trump


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    Born in Queens, New York, Trump didn't have to travel very far when he enrolled at Fordham College in the Bronx. While Trump later claimed that he got out of the Vietnam draft because he had a "very, very high number" in the lottery, the release of his Selective Service records showed he was at Fordham when he received the first two of four student deferments in 1964 and 1965 allowing him not to serve (he received the second two while studying finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School). Recently, of course, Trump has praised veterans, bragging about the millions of dollars he claims to have donated to their charities.

  • 1972: Hillary Clinton


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    While attending Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut (where she met fellow student Bill Clinton), Clinton served on the editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action and worked at the Children's Defense Fund. In 1972, she also notably worked for Marian Wright Edelman, civil rights activist and advocate for children's rights. (In 1973, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.)

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  • 1972: Donald Trump


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    '72 was a "huge" year for young Donald Trump: He took over his father's real estate company, Elizabeth Trump and Son, and renamed it The Trump Organization (by 1973, he was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings). 

  • 1993: Hillary Clinton


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    On January 20, 1993, Hillary Clinton became First Lady of the United States. A few days later, Bill Clinton named her chair of the health care task force; shortly thereafter, the Hillary Clinton Quarterly published its first issue, making Hillary the first First Lady to have her own national publication.

  • 1993: Donald Trump


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    In October of 1993, Trump spoke out against NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) at a convention in California, saying it would "only benefit Mexico." (Was Trump dreaming of building a wall even then?!) He was opposed by Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush, all of whom were in favor of the deal. Trump also married Marla Maples that year; the wedding was attended by O.J. Simpson.

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  • 2000: Hillary Clinton


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    Hillary Clinton became the first FLOTUS to be elected to public office in November 2000 when she defeated Rick A. Lazio (by a double-digit margin) to be elected senator from New York. 

  • 2000: Donald Trump


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    Donald Trump left the Republican Party for the Reform Party with an eye on running in the 2000 presidential election, even saying that Oprah Winfrey would have made a good running mate. (He ended up dropping out of the race.) In 2003, Donald Trump turned his attention to television with the hit reality series The Apprentice.

  • 2008: Hillary Clinton


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    Though she received many more delegates than any previous female candidate for the presidency, Hillary Clinton lost the democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008 (Obama has since said he thinks Clinton would make an "excellent" president). In 2009, President Obama nominated Clinton to be the 67th US Secretary of State.

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  • 2008: Donald Trump


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    Trump reportedly considered running for president again in 2008, this time as an independent, but did not. He did, however, express his opinion that Hillary Clinton would make a "great" president in a post on www.trumpuniversity.com. "Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person, so is her husband," he wrote.

  • 2015: Hillary Clinton


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    On April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential campaign in a YouTube video. Clinton's platform has prominently featured women's rights, equal pay, and health care, and her celebrity supporters include George Clooney, Lena Dunham, and Beyonce.

  • 2015: Donald Trump


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    On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump formally announced his run for the presidency. His campaign to "Make America Great Again" has focused on illegal immigration and the US national debt; his celebrity supporters include Sarah Palin, Tila Tequila, and Mike Tyson. 

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