Orlando shooting: Don’t hate, says Clinton. Ban Syrians, says Trump.

June 13, 2016

Unsurprisingly, leading presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump expressed sharply contrasting responses to Sunday’s attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, while President Obama made a very mournful statement from the White House.

Trump called for Washington to step up attacks against Islamic State; Clinton warned against demonizing Muslims after the shooter, named as Omar Mir Saddique Mateen, killed 50 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

“It’s a time for statesmanship, not partisanship,” Clinton told MSNBC this morning. “We have to defeat radical jihadist terrorism or radical Islamism, whatever you call it. It’s the same. But we cannot demonize, demagogue and declare war on an entire religion. That is just dangerous.”

Saying that “hate is not the answer to hate,” Clinton also renewed her calls for tighter gun controls. “We’re going to try to save people’s lives from the epidemic of gun violence. Now that we’re seeing terrorists use these assault weapons, that has to be part of the debate.”

Trump told Fox News the United States should ban Syrian refugees from entering the country. “We don’t know who they are, we don’t have paperwork, we don’t have anything. As far as passports are concerned, ISIS took our passport machines. They make passports now better than we do so we can’t even do that anymore.”

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