Dec 8, 2015 9:13 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
SALEM – Hillary Clinton labeled Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. “both a shameless and dangerous idea.”
And the Democratic presidential front runner tried to lump the rest of the Republican presidential field in with the man who leads the race for the GOP nomination, saying “their ideas are not so different.
Clinton made her remarks at the beginning of a town hall at the Woodbury Middle School in Salem. Clinton returned to the first-in-the-nation primary state one day after Trump called for a temporary ban on allowing Muslims who are not U.S. citizens to enter the country. Trump made his shocking announcement in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in California that left 14 people dead. Authorities say the two shooters were a Muslim couple that had been radicalized.
Clinton told the audience that ‘instead of showing leadership, some candidates in this race are resorting to ugly hateful rhetoric.”
She then said to boos from the crowd that “Donald Trump has made a name for himself in the last months by trafficking prejudice and paranoia. His latest insult is his call to stop all Muslims from entering the united states. This is both a shameless and dangerous idea.”
“At a time when America should be doing everything we can to lead the fight to defeat ISIS and other radical jihadists, Donald Trump is playing right into their hands,” she added.
Clinton also targeted the rest of the large crowd of GOP presidential candidates, stating that some of the “Republican candidates are saying that his latest comments have gone too far. But the truth is many of them have also said extreme things about Muslims. Their language may be more veiled than Trump’s but their ideas are not so different. They are all driving the exact narrative that jihadists want to advance, that we are at war not with violent barbarous murderers but with an entire religion. This is a grave mistake.”
Clinton then quoted Trump, which brought laughter from the audience.
“I noticed earlier today Mr. Trump said something that I unfortunately think is true, he said.
Clinton paused, then said “occasionally that happens, rarely.”
But he said ‘oh yeah, the Republicans, the other candidates they condemn me and then they move closer to me’,” she continued.
“So we’re not only dealing with one inflammatory demagogue, we’re dealing with a party in danger of losing its way, of undermining the values which we have stood for,” Clinton added.
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