Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t ‘Declare War on an Entire Religion’ Following Trump’s Criticism

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
June 13, 2016 Updated: June 13, 2016

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump, who criticized President Obama and Clinton, calling on them to describe the shooter in the Orlando attack as a “radical Islamic” terrorist.

“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.”

Clinton continued, saying that she wasn’t going to “demonize” or “declare war on an entire religion” because that would play into the hands of ISIS.

“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.”

She also tweeted, reiterating her remarks:

In the statement given shortly after the Orlando attack, Trump made a pointed attack on both Clinton and Obama: 

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

One day after the shooting, both Clinton and Trump are scheduled to speak about the tragedy after giving initial reactions via Twitter and interviews.

Their initial reactions have already shown stark contrasts in their approach. 

Trump has called for Obama to resign, less political correctness, and has renewed his call for a Muslim ban:

“What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough,” he said in a tweet.

Trump was also met with criticism after he commented on Twitter: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance” a few hours after the attack on Sunday.

Clinton, on the other hand, has called for “common sense measures” to gun control:

“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 on CNN’s New Day. “We’ve got to figure out the best way to move forward on that.”