Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Monday the United States is up to the challenge of combatting terrorism on its shores, and warned that anti-Muslim rhetoric employed by opponent Donald Trump is “giving aid and comfort” to the Islamic State.Clearly, there's only one candidate for president who is actually presidential. The debate a week from now will make this all the more clear.
“We know that a lot of the rhetoric that we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists including ISIS because they are looking to make this a war against Islam,” Clinton said, using one of the acronyms for the Islamic State.
“They want to use that to recruit more fighters to their cause by turning it into a religious conflict,” Clinton said, while she said the right approach is to “go after the bad guys” but not their religion.
The New York Police Department said Monday that it is seeking 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, in connection with Saturday’s bombing in Manhattan. It was not clear what his role in the incident is believed to be.
“This threat is real, but so is our resolve,” Clinton said, adding that she “is the only candidate in this race” with relevant national security experience.
Clinton spoke at a hastily called press conference held in an airplane hangar, with her campaign plane behind her. Clinton is heading to Philadelphia for a speech aimed at young voters, many of whom are cool toward her candidacy and are helping bouy the third-party run of libertarian Gary Johnson.
UPDATE: The suspect is in custody.
#BREAKING: Ahmad Rahami in custody after shooting police officer in Linden, NJ, source says https://t.co/UP2E7ckdwc pic.twitter.com/y8h0eynAzo— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) September 19, 2016