Trump reiterates call to keep out Muslims; Clinton says anti-Muslim rhetoric harmful
Donald Trump attacked Hilary Clinton by name in his speech in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting; Clinton did not mention Trump by name in her speech an hour earlier, but clearly referenced his policies.
Trump opened his speech in the wake of the night club murders in Orlando with a moment of silence and prayers for the city’s gay and lesbian community. He said the nation’s deadliest mass murder is, “an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity.”
During a national security speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump repeatedly criticized Clinton’s immigration plan, her attempts to tighten the nation’s gun control laws, and for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” when describing recent attackers.
He also said national intelligence officers are “not being allowed to do their jobs” due to restrictions imposed upon them by President Barack Obama’s administration.
However, a main point he kept bringing up was that if elected, Trump says he would “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Trump was proposing a change from his long-standing proposal to temporarily bar foreign Muslims entering the U.S.
He also said that “we have to control our borders now — not later, now.”
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also called on Muslims in the U.S. to work with law enforcement on finding potential attackers.
Meanwhile, in her speech, Clinton called on Americans to “get back to the spirit of 9/12,” the day after the worst attacks on U.S. soil, when Americans came together with the world to condemn terrorism. This is “a moment when all Americans need to stand together,” she said.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee noted that then-Republican President George W. Bush traveled to a Muslim community center six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and told Americans then that any retribution against Muslim Americans would not stand.
She added that the U.S. should attack home-grown terrorism with “clear eyes” and “steady hands.” She said the attack shows that ISIS cannot be contained but must be defeated, and the country faces a “twisted ideology and a poisoned psychology” that inspires the so-called “lone wolf” and vows to make identifying and prosecuting these types of attackers a top priority.
Trump was the clear subtext to her speech after he congratulated himself on predicting more mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. However, she never mentioned him by name.
Some are also taking issue with an aspect of Trump’s speech that was off book: he claimed that the gunman was born in Afghanistan — even though the suspect was born in New York City. His parents were born in Afghanistan and moved here before he was born.
The false claim that Mateen was born in Afghanistan was not included in Trump’s prepared remarks distributed by the campaign during Monday’s speech, but was part of an off-book section of his speech.