From The Washington Post:
“We know that a lot of the rhetoric that we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, including ISIS, because they are looking to make this a war against Islam,” Clinton said, using an acronym for the Islamic State.
“They want to use that to recruit more fighters to their cause by turning it into a religious conflict,” Clinton said, adding that the right approach is to go after “the bad guys” but not their religion.
Her comments came while a manhunt was underway for Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, a suspect in connection with bombings Saturday in Manhattan and Seaside Park, N.J. He was reportedly taken into custody several hours after his name was made public.
Earlier Monday, Trump said current anti-terrorism efforts are insufficient at home and abroad, for which he blames President Obama and Clinton, who served as Obama’s first-term secretary of state.
The United States is too tentative in its targeting efforts against terrorism overseas, Trump said in an interview, adding that the better approach would be to “knock the hell out of ‘em” and possibly introduce “racial profiling” as a counterterrorism tactic.
“We have to lead for a change. Because we’re not knocking them, we’re hitting them once in awhile, we’re hitting them in certain places. We’re being very gentle about it. We’re going to have to be very tough,” Trump told Fox News Channel.
A week before the first presidential debate between Clinton and Trump, bombings and an investigation in New York and New Jersey at least temporarily refocused the presidential race on concerns about domestic terrorism and national security.
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