Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave a counterterrorism speech today at Stanford University and utterly destroyed Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric against Muslims, making it quite clear that he is woefully unprepared to handle ISIS… or Clinton herself in the general election for that matter.
We can’t let fear stop us from doing what’s necessary to keep us safe. Nor can we let it push us into reckless actions that end up making us less safe. For example, it would be a serious mistake to stumble into another costly ground war in the Middle East. If we’ve learned anything from Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that people in nations have to secure their own communities. We can, and I argue must support them, but we can’t substitute for them.
It would also be a serious mistake to begin carpet bombing populated areas into oblivion. Proposing that doesn’t make you sound tough. It makes you sound like you are in over your head. Slogans aren’t a strategy. Loose cannons often misfire. What America needs is strong, smart, steady leadership to wage and win this struggle. To do that we need to strengthen America’s alliances in Europe, Asia, and around the world.
Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have built their campaigns on Islamophobic rhetoric. Trump has called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States and has also suggested shutting down mosques, keeping a registry of Muslims, and requiring Muslims to carry ID distinguishing them as followers of Islam.
Cruz has had a tendency to look better than Trump, just because the bigoted billionaire is so damned awful, but he is really cut from the same xenophobic cloth. Following the recent terror attacks in Brussels, he called for law enforcement to conduct surveillance of Muslim American communities. He doubled down on his stance in the face of widespread backlash and his remarks even prompted a scathing response from President Obama.
Clinton’s comments today are just another example of the striking difference between the parties and make it abundantly clear that anybody who says that Republicans and Democrats are the same clearly hasn’t been paying enough attention.
Watch Clinton’s complete speech here, and see her lay waste to Trump for yourself:
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