The aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people at a nightclub on Saturday night hit the campaign trail on Monday, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred long distance over how best to protect Americans from a home grown terrorist threat.
Speaking first in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton mourned those who were killed in Orlando, and then vowed to devote more resources in the future to ferret out ‘lone wolf’ terrorists.
“The Orlando terrorist may be dead, but the virus that poisoned his mind, is very much alive,” Clinton said, referring to the Islamic State effort to recruit and inspire followers via the internet.
While Clinton never mentioned Trump’s name in her speech, it was clear she was after him, trying to create a sense that she was more level-headed and rational, a better choice to respond swiftly to international troubles.
A few hours later in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump echoed Clinton’s words about the victims in Orlando, but then repeatedly jabbed at her record, and that of the Obama Administration on terrorism, as he again called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
“I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States,” Trump said in his speech at Saint Anselm University.
“We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to flow into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer,” Trump said, referring to the Orlando shooter.
“We have to control our borders,” Trump said. “And we have to control them now, not later.”
“Remember this, radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American,” Trump added.
One major difference in how the two candidates reacted was not only over immigration, but also on guns, as Clinton echoed President Obama in calling for legislative action on gun control.
“I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets,” Clinton said, as she urged tighter controls not only on powerful weapons, but on firearms sold over the internet and at gun shows.
Trump gave that idea the back of the hand in his speech, charging that Clinton and her supporters simply want to abolish gun ownership.
“I will always defend the Second Amendment,” Trump said, as he highlighted his recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association.