Hillary says won’t ‘De­clare War’ on Is­lam af­ter Or­lando shoot­ing

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON—Hillary Clinton on Monday said she will not “de­mo­nize” the re­li­gion of Is­lam by us­ing the spe­cific phrase “rad­i­cal Is­lam” when dis­cussing the Or­lando night­club massacre af­ter­calls from Don­ald Trump to do so.

Clinton, the pre­sump­tive Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, re­sponded to Trump’s crit­i­cism fol­low­ing Sun­day’s deadly mass shoot­ing at Pulse Or­lando dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view with NBC’s To­day show.

“In my per­spec­tive, it mat­ters what we do, not what we say,” Clinton said. “To me, rad­i­cal ji­hadism, rad­i­cal Is­lamism, I think they mean the same thing. I’m happy to say ei­ther, but that’s not the point.” “I’m not go­ing to de­mo­nize … and de­clare war on an en­tire re­li­gion,” she added. “That’s just plain dan­ger­ous and it plays into ISIS’s hands.”

Trump, the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, had slammed both Clinton and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for be­ing “weak” for fail­ing to de­scribe the shoot­ing as an act of “rad­i­cal Is­lam.”

“In his re­marks to­day, Pres­i­dent Obama dis­grace­fully re­fused to even say the words ‘Rad­i­cal Is­lam’. For that rea­son alone, he should step down,” Trump said in a state­ment Sun­day. “If Hillary Clinton, af­ter this at­tack, still can­not say the two words ‘Rad­i­cal Is­lam’ she should get out of this race for the Pres­i­dency.”

In a To­day in­ter­view on Monday, the mogul again re­newed his call for a ban on all Mus­lims en­ter­ing the U.S. and re­it­er­ated his crit­i­cism against Amer­i­can lead­ers. “It’s in­sult­ing to our coun­try that Obama doesn’t use the term rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism,” Trump said. “He’s not ad­dress­ing the is­sue, he’s not call­ing it what it is— rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism.”

Clinton also pushed for gun con­trol Monday in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with CNN’s New Day. Author­i­ties say Or­lando night­club shooter Omar Ma­teen used a hand­gun and an as­sault-type ri­fle dur­ing his at­tack.

“Yes, there is a right for law-abid­ing, re­spon­si­ble Amer­i­cans to own guns. And yes, there are rea­son­able com­mon-sense mea­sures to try to keep peo­ple safe from guns,” Clinton said. “We’ve got to fig­ure out the best way to move for­ward on that.” —Agen­cies

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