Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s powerful statement of solidarity with Muslim-Americans, and her rejection of Donald Trump and the GOP’s anti-American rhetoric and policies.
Her full statement:
Donald Trump has made a name for himself in this election by trafficking in prejudice and paranoia. Now he says he wants to stop all Muslims from entering the United States. It’s a shameful idea. It’s also dangerous. At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr. Trump is supplying them with new propaganda. He’s playing right into their hands.
Now some Republican candidates are saying that Donald Trump’s latest comments have gone too far. But the truth is, many GOP candidates have also said extreme things about Muslims. Their language may be more veiled than Mr. Trump’s, but their ideas aren’t so different.
Ben Carson says that a Muslim shouldn’t be president. Marco Rubio compares Muslims to members of the Nazi Party and refuses to rule out monitoring and closing of mosques. Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have suggested that we implement a religious test for Syrian refugees—one that only Christians would pass. Chris Christie says not even 3-year-old Syrian orphans should be let in. And they insist on using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”—in fact, they criticize anyone who says anything else—even though it drives the exact narrative the jihadists want to advance: that we’re at war with an entire religion.
When you take a step back and see what the Republican field as a whole says about Muslims—not just one or two candidates for President, but nearly all of them—it’s hard to take seriously their attempts to distance themselves from Mr. Trump. He’s just articulating the logical conclusion of what the rest of them have been saying. As Mr. Trump said in an interview this morning, “They condemn practically everything I say, and then they always come to my side.”
That should concern all of us. This kind of rhetoric sets us back in the fight against radical jihadists—a fight we absolutely have to win, against a brutal, nihilistic enemy who twists Islam to justify mass murder. These jihadists cannot be contained; they have to be defeated. And the vast majority of Muslims here and abroad are on our side in this fight. Many are helping prevent radicalization, including here at home. So why would anyone suggest that they’re the enemy? How does that help us? Radical jihadists are telling people that the United States hates Muslims—and there’s Donald Trump on TV screaming about how he’s going to keep all Muslims out. He’s strengthening the terrorists’ argument.
He’s also taking aim at our values. Our country was founded by people fleeing religious persecution. The notion that here, people are free to practice their faith, whatever it is, is one of America’s most cherished principles. Maybe Mr. Trump should re-read President Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, reassuring them that, in the brand-new nation of the United States, their religious liberty would always be protected. He wrote, “The Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” In other words, you can be you, and still be with us.
That’s something I’ll bet a lot of Muslim Americans need to hear right now. Imagine hearing political leaders threaten to register and track you, implying that your religion is violent, that you’re violent, that you’re the enemy. Nearly 3 million Americans are Muslims. They’re our family, our friends, our neighbors, and co-workers. They serve in the military, save lives as doctors and nurses, and serve our communities as police officers, firefighters, teachers, and civic leaders. They’re patriots—proud Americans, just like the rest of us. They deserve better than this.
So today, I want to send a different message.
To Muslim Americans: What you’re hearing from Trump and other Republicans is absolutely, unequivocally wrong. It’s inconsistent with our values as a nation—a nation which you are helping to build. This is your country, too. I’m proud to be your fellow American. And many, many other Americans feel the same way.
Now is the time for all of us—especially Republican leaders—to stand up to hateful, dangerous words and deeds.
Just a few days ago, two young women wearing headscarves were trying to have breakfast at a café near the University of Texas at Austin when another diner started shouting racist things at them. The girls left in tears—in part because of the ugly words, but also because no one else in that crowded café came to their defense.
As they left, one of the girls asked the room, “Who cares about us?” Somebody called out, “Nobody.” “We left,” they said, “because it was true.”
But it’s not true. And we have to make sure Muslim Americans know that. It’s how we stay true to our values as Americans. And it’s how we show the world who we really are—a strong, proud, united country that still knows, after all these years, that all men and women are created equal.
“Even after Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric, the GOP is embracing him,” Clinton defender David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, said on Twitter, condemning the Republican party for “doing nothing to stop this snowball from becoming an avalanche.”
“It’s not just Trump,” Brad Woodhouse, president Correct the Record, wrote in an email Tuesday morning. “While Trump’s rhetoric may be more bombastic and his proposals more aggressive, his rivals have proposed their own ideas for keeping tabs on Muslims in the United States and blocking those who want to come here.”
Meanwhile, the super PAC supporting Clinton, Priorities USA, took a different tack, challenging the Republican candidates to readdress their pledge to support the poll leader should he win the nomination.
Clinton officially released her manufacturing jobs plan yesterday in New Hampshire.“Will GOP candidates for President still support Trump if he’s the nominee?” communications director Justin Barasky asked in a press release Tuesday. “In light of Donald Trump’s latest disgusting proposal, the remaining 13 candidates must answer if they still promise to support him should he be the nominee. Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? Jeb Bush? Ben Carson? Chris Christie? John Kasich? The rest? We’re waiting.”
CBS News reports:
Hillary Clinton announced the latest piece of her jobs agenda Tuesday, outlining a plan to boost American manufacturing jobs by offering tax incentives to spur investment in communities that are losing jobs from factory closures and layoffs.
"This is not a new fight for me," Clinton said during a town hall in New Hampshire.
"When we support American manufacturing we support not only American jobs today but innovation for the future."
Encouraging companies to reinvest in communities that are suffering from a loss in manufacturing jobs is at the center of Clinton's proposal. Her plan would allow communities facing job losses to apply for investment tax incentives aimed at attracting new capital and businesses.
Clinton's plan would also expand public-private partnerships aimed at helping smaller manufacturers remain competitive and offer tax credits to businesses that train workers through apprenticeships.
Clinton says she's focused on manufacturing jobs because they are often higher paying.Ted Cruz continues to be a target of ridicule for Clinton’s campaign, with his Climate Change hearings providing the latest fodder.
In a statement to POLITICO, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta criticized Cruz for using a congressional hearing to sow skepticism about climate change, particularly after Cruz won plaudits last week from the Koch-aligned American Energy Alliance as a “hero” for the oil and gas industry.
“There is nothing heroic about blocking measures that would keep our kids and communities healthy,” Podesta said. “The Clean Power Plan will prevent as many as 150,000 asthma attacks in children and 6,700 premature deaths a year, all while meaningfully reducing carbon pollution.”
While Clinton is pushing back against all of the GOP candidates, it’s being reported that her campaign’s primary focus has narrowed to three of the contenders.“Cruz may be the latest candidate to use his office to stoke doubts about climate change, but virtually all the Republicans running for president share his commitment to denial and defeatists,” Podesta said. “After seven years of progress fighting climate change — and leading other nations to the table to agree to meaningful pollution cuts, energy reforms and real progress on protecting our planet — we can’t afford to put one of these deniers, one of these doubters, in the White House.”
Though they say they’ll be ready for any outcome of the GOP primaries, they are looking most closely at three scenarios that could unfold in the new year — that Trump is, indeed, as strong as his poll numbers would indicate; that Rubio manages to break through as the reasonable establishment choice; and, lately and with greater focus, that Cruz will consolidate the conservative Christian vote and combine it with the angry-outsider voters who will eventually dismiss Trump, to become his party’s nominee.
“We’re trying to figure out, do people have a baked-in feeling that he’s a nut job? How much do people actually know about Ted Cruz?” said one Clinton ally sizing up the Republican field in order to plan for a potential faceoff in a general election.
The confusion that Trump has infused into the race has handicapped the Republican Party, but it has also slowed down fundraising for Clinton, top donors said, as Democrats lack a clear picture of what Clinton will be up against next year.
“People are feeling very complacent and more reluctant to contribute because they don’t take Bernie Sanders that seriously,” said top Clinton donor Alan Patricof. “They look at the other side and think, how could anyone possibly back any one of them? The attitude of sensible people is that she’s the only one who makes any sense.”
Clinton’s campaign maintains it is the opposite of complacent, focused like a laser on winning the primary. But it has also been making general election moves — doing massive work to attract Hispanic voters, trying to drive up Clinton’s positive poll numbers, fortifying the Democratic National Committee, and setting up a strong ground game in the major battleground states.
Said close Clinton ally Tom Nides, “These are going to pay huge dividends — more than pouring a bunch of money into researching one GOP candidate.”