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Clinton says Trump gives 'aid, comfort' to IS recruiters

Posted September 19

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while she gives remarks on the explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood onboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

— Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving "aid and comfort" to Islamic terrorists Monday, declaring his anti-Muslim rhetoric helps the Islamic State group and other militants such as ISIS recruit new fighters.

But Trump hit back, saying his Democratic rival and the Obama administration hadn't done enough to quell the group's rise.

"Her attacks on me are all meant to deflect from her record of unleashing this monster of evil on us and on the world," said Trump at a packed Florida rally, referring to Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

He also insisted the U.S. should "use whatever lawful methods are available" to get information from the Afghan immigrant arrested in this weekend's bombings.

As several Trump supporters shouted "Hang him!" the Republican presidential candidate bemoaned the fact that Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen originally from Afghanistan, would receive quality medical care and legal representation.

"We must deliver a just and very harsh punishment to these people," he said. "These are enemies, these are combatants and we have to be tough, we have to be strong."

Both candidates moved swiftly to capitalize on investigations into a weekend of violent attacks — bombings in New York and New Jersey and stabbings at a Minnesota mall — casting themselves as most qualified to combat terrorism at home and abroad.

Clinton touted her national security credentials at a hastily arranged news conference outside her campaign plane, accusing Trump of using the incidents to make "some kind of demagogic point."

"I'm the only candidate in this race who's been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield," Clinton, a former secretary of state, told reporters. "I know how to do this."

The possibility of a home-grown terrorist plot cast a new shadow over the presidential race, diverting both candidates' attention from the daily controversies of the campaign and giving them a high-profile opportunity to make their case to undecided voters.

Clinton and her team see her experience and what they say is her steady judgment as key selling points for her candidacy. On the campaign trail, she frequently invokes her role in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, describing to voters the tense atmosphere in the White House alongside President Barack Obama at that moment.

But while much of the foreign policy establishment has rallied around Clinton, Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric, promises to close U.S. borders and vows to aggressively profile potential terrorists have fueled his presidential bid.

On Monday, he called for tougher policing, including profiling foreigners who look like they could have connections to terrorism or certain Middle Eastern nations.

"This isn't just a matter of terrorism, this is also really a question of quality of life," he said. "We want to make sure we're only admitting people into our country who love our country."

Trump has called for a new "extreme vetting" system that would apply an ideological screening test to potential immigrants, asking whether they support concepts like women's and gay rights.

Pointing to her Monday morning comment that Trump's words give "aid and comfort" to Islamic extremists, his campaign said Clinton was accusing him of treason, going beyond the bounds of acceptable campaigning and trying to change the subject from her own failures.

She insinuated that Islamic militants, particularly those affiliated with ISIS, are rooting for Trump to win the White House. She said, "We're going after the bad guys and we're going to get them, but we're not going to go after an entire religion."

Trump agreed terrorists have a preference: They "want her so badly to be our president."

Clinton briefly turned her focus from national security on Monday, wooing younger voters at a midday rally in Philadelphia. At Temple University, she acknowledged she needs to do more to get millennials on board.

"Even if you are totally opposed to Donald Trump, you may still have some questions about me. I get that. And I want to do my best to answer those questions," she told several hundred students gathered in an ornate, wood-paneled lecture hall.

This election marks the first presidential campaign where millennials make up the single largest generation among U.S. adults, having surpassed baby boomers during the past four years. The group helped anchor Obama's support, but Clinton has failed to attract them in the same numbers.

Both Trump and Clinton ended their days in New York City, where they met with leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly.

Both met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, while Clinton also met with the leaders of Ukraine and Japan.

New York officials said Monday the bombings in a Manhattan neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town were looking increasingly like acts of terrorism with a foreign connection. Authorities were also investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall as a possible act of terrorism.


Colvin reported from Fort Myers, Florida. Associated Press writers Lisa Lerer in Washington and Bill Barrow in Indianapolis contributed to this report.


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  • Chris Grimes Sep 20, 8:27 a.m.
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    But Mr. Brown, the link you provided a few comments back actually contradicts your claim about any Clinton role in the birther conspiracy. It reports that Trump's surrogates are pushing the narrative, not that the narrative is true. Read the fourth paragraph and the fact-checking article that is linked after that (or any of the other fact-checking sites) -- all find no evidence that Clinton or her campaign started, pushed, or had anything to do with the birther conspiracy.

  • Buster Brown Sep 20, 2:38 a.m.
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    Mr. Muller---and one more time for you as you continue to hold fast to inaccurate information. The Political Screed Book of the Liberals/Leftists doesn't change to match facts. As for the apology--while some may consider that appropriate for Mr. Trump, why has no one broached that subject with Clinton--after all it was she and her early minions who started the whole birther mess..

  • Laurence Jones Sep 19, 11:27 p.m.
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    Mr Muller: Did you say "fact sparse orbit"...Hillarious!..........SOUNDS GOOD!..........don't even blame Hillary for the birther movement..................Obama started the birther movement himself..................................Barack Obama was still 'Kenyan born" as late as 2007 according to his own biography..............WHY?....because Obama and his leftist friends thought that he was diverse and cool, being from Kenya.....When HE had a shot at the presidency...he had to back off of his Kenya lies......


    Own it, liberals.

  • Laurence Jones Sep 19, 10:30 p.m.
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    She never put it to rest......Where? When?.....and she even left open the possibility that he was a Muslim on televised broadcast.......Own i liberals!


  • Pete Muller Sep 19, 10:16 p.m.
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    Mr. Brown. One more time for you. This topic was bought up by a Clinton supporter in 2008 and quickly put to rest by the Clinton campaign. Trump the birther, on the other hand, made a smear campaign against the president out of the birther topic that he ended in the most pathetic way possible a few days ago.

  • Laurence Jones Sep 19, 10:13 p.m.
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    HLL!....don't even blame Hillary for the birther movement..................Obama started the birther movement himself..................................Barack Obama was still 'Kenyan born" as late as 2007 according to his own biography..............WHY?....because Obama and his leftist friends thought that he was diverse and cool, being from Kenya.....When HE had a shot at the presidency...he had to back off of his Kenya lies.


    Own it, liberals.

  • Buster Brown Sep 19, 9:58 p.m.
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    source for my last post..
    . http://abcn.ws/2d4C4vC

  • Buster Brown Sep 19, 9:56 p.m.
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    Mr. Mueller: "out of bounds of the law"? Really??? Pray tell specifically what laws he has broken. Specifically now, not the scripted liberal/leftist screed. "Audacity to try to pin his failed birther campaign on Clinton"? A little factual history here Sir: It was, in fact, the campaign director of Clintons compaign in 04-08 who first brought that issue into the light. By his refusal to release his authentic birth certificate, Obama only added fuel to the fire. And Clinton, while somewhat cautious in the 08 campaign, did nothing to refute or deny the claim. As for promising anything to get elected---just listen to the drivel being promised by Clinton--reworded but the same as the failed promises of Obama. Not a whit of anything new. But, she's your candidate-not ours...

  • Laurence Jones Sep 19, 9:54 p.m.
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    CLINTON liberal logic:.....If you speak out against persons who want to extinguish your children's lives off of the face of the planet...................You are aiding and abetting them.....Ridiculous.

  • Pete Muller Sep 19, 9:20 p.m.
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    “I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole."
    Donald Trump.