Presumptive Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Hall, June 14, in Pittsburgh, Penn. In the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Florida, Clinton is campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania to present her vision for a stronger and safer America. (Jeff Swensen | Getty Images)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed her Republican rival Donald Trump’s “shameful” comments that allegedly suggested that President Barack Obama is siding with terrorists, writes Lalit K. Jha. – @Siliconeer #Siliconeer #2016USPresidentialElections #DonaldTrump #Trump #HillaryClinton #BarackObama
“What Donald Trump is saying is shameful. It is disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded, and their families. And it is yet more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be Commander-in-Chief,” Clinton told her supporters in Pittsburgh, June 15.
In an interview on Fox News, Trump had said, “People cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’.”
In her hard-hitting speech, Clinton urged the Republican leadership to rebuke this “dangerous rhetoric.”
“Will responsible Republican leaders stand up to their presumptive nominee or will they stand by his accusation about our president? History will remember what we do in this moment. Americans don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations. We need leadership, common sense and concrete plans,” she said.
“Of course, he (Trump) is a leader of the Birther movement, which spread the lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. I guess he had to be reminded Hawaii is part of the United States,” Clinton continued.
“This is the man who claimed a distinguished federal judge born and raised in Indiana can’t do his job because of his quote ‘Mexican heritage.’ I guess he has to be reminded Indiana is in the United States,” she said.
“So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. But it was one thing when he was a reality TV personality. You know, raising his arms and yelling, you’re fired. It is another thing altogether when he’s the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for President,” the former secretary of state said.
“Americans don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations. We need leadership, common sense and concrete plans,” Clinton said.
Accusing Trump of being “fixated” on the words “radical Islam,” Clinton asked “is the GOP leader suggesting that there are magic words that, once uttered, will stop terrorists from coming after the U.S.?”
“Trump, as usual, is obsessed with name-calling. From my perspective, it matters what we do, not just what we say. In the end, it didn’t matter what we called bin Laden it mattered that we got bin Laden,” she said.
“I have clearly said that we face terrorist enemies who use a perverted version of Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. We have to stop them, and we will. So if Donald suggests I won’t call this threat what it is, he hasn’t been listening. But I will not demonize and declare war on an entire religion,” Clinton said.
“Because we are facing a brutal enemy. In the Middle East, ISIS is attempting a genocide of religious and ethnic minorities. They’re slaughtering Muslims who refuse to accept their medieval ways. They are beheading civilians, including executing LGBT people; murdering Americans and Europeans; enslaving, torturing, and raping women and girls,” she argued.
Clinton alleged that Trump is telling and spreading lies.
“He said a lot of false things, including about me. He said I’ll abolish the Second Amendment. Well, that’s wrong. He said I’ll let a flood of refugees into our country without any screening. That’s also wrong,” she said.
“These are demonstrably lies. But he feels compelled to tell them because he has to distract us from the fact that he has nothing substantive to say for himself,” she added.
The U.S., she said, needs a commander-in-chief who is up to challenges who can grapple with them in all their complexity someone with real plans and real solutions that actually address the problems being face.
“And we need someone with the temperament and experience to make those hard choices in the Situation Room not a loose cannon who could easily lead us into war. One more thing.
Donald Trump has been very clear about what he won’t do. He won’t stand up to the gun lobby,” Clinton said.
Trump had held an election rally over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which is said to be a key swing state. Winning the state is considered to be essential to enter the White House.