Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended Muslims around the world from Donald Trump’s supposed “Islamophobia.”
“He’s cast a wide net. He started with Mexicans. He’s currently on Muslims,” Clinton said of Trump at CNN’s Democratic town hall in Iowa Monday night.
Clinton was referring to Trump’s impassioned pleas to temporarily halt Muslim immigration until the federal government figures out a way to prevent Islamic radicals from killing people in this country, as they did in San Bernardino, California.
“I find it particularly harmful the way he has talked about Muslims,” Clinton said in response to a question from a Muslim woman in the audience who was wearing traditional Muslim head garb.
Clinton said it is shameful to “claim that there are no real people of the Muslim faith who share our values.”
Trump has never made such a comment.
“It’s not only shameful and offensive, which it is, I think it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous in several ways,” Clinton continued.
“American Muslims deserve better… They are the target of Islamophobia, and threats,” she said.
The term “Islamophobia” was developed by Islamist advocates to help their allies smear critics of Islam as irrational haters, despite the myriad Islamic attacks on Americans since September 11, 2001.
“I’ve heard from a number of parents who tell me that their children are afraid to go to school” due to possible Trump-inspired bullying by youngsters,” Clinton claimed.
“We cannot tolerate this… Every single person in this country deserves to be treated with respect, and we must stand up to the bullying.”
“I was recently in Minneapolis, where I met with a big group of Somali-Americans,” Clinton added. “They are also on the front lines of trying to protect their children from radicalization.”
Since at least 2007, many Muslims from the community of Somalian Muslim immigrants in Minneapolis have joined jihad groups in Somalia.
“We need to stand up and point out how wrong this is,” Hillary said about criticism of Muslims.
Despite Clinton’s accusations of “bullying,” Trump is currently leading the Republican field nationally, with many conservatives agreeing with his no-nonsense approach to the radical Muslim threat.
Clinton, on the other hand, is losing to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire and sliding fast in the polls in Iowa and South Carolina.