The latest version of Hillary Clinton debuted in Ohio today after the terrorist attack in Orlando.
She signaled a tougher tone on terrorism than President Barack Obama and praised former President George W. Bush’s response to 9/11.
“President Bush went to a Muslim community center just six days after the attacks to send a message of unity and solidarity to anyone who wanted to take out their anger on our Muslim neighbors and fellow citizens, he said, that would not and should not stand for America,” Clinton said, calling for Americans to return to the “spirit of 9/12” and signal unity.
Clinton took the stage in Cleveland, Ohio to piously remind the crowd that “today is not a day for politics,” but she then proceeded to attack her rival Donald Trump for his statements against radical Islamic terrorism.
She condemned Trump’s “inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the families and friends of Muslim-Americans,” although she was careful not to use Trump’s name.
Clinton also criticized proposals for increased surveillance on Muslims because of their faith, and implied that Trump’s rhetoric was causing more hate crimes against Muslims.
“It’s no coincidence that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques have tripled after Paris and San Bernardino,” she said. “That’s wrong and it’s also dangerous. It plays right into the terrorists’ hands.”
Clinton did not refer to “radical Islamic terrorism” but instead cited “radical jihadists” and enemies who used a “distorted version of Islam” to justify their attacks. She also condemned Saudis, Qataris, and Kuwaitis for funding “radical schools and mosques around the world” that were radicalizing young people.
Although she admitted that the Orlando killer pledged allegiance to ISIS, Clinton said law enforcement didn’t have a full picture of the “mix of motives” that inspired his attacks.
Clinton also emphasized the tragedy that occurred, trying to express empathy for the victims and their families.
“As a mother, I can’t imagine what those families are going through,” she said.