Clinton vows to prioritize stopping ‘lone wolf’ attackers

  • ">

    A man sells buttons as guests line up to attend a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a warehouse for the company "Team Wendy" which produces helmets for military, law enforcement, and rescue teams, in Cleveland, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016. Obama said there's no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Pablo Martinez Monsivais

  • File- This June 11, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) Chris O'Meara

  • File-This June 10, 2016, file photo shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pausing while speaking during a Planned Parenthood Action Fund membership event, in Washington. Republican Donald Trump plans Monday, June 13, 2016, to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Alex Brandon

Published: 6/13/2016 2:49:13 PM

Hillary Clinton vowed Monday to make stopping “lone wolf” terrorists a top priority if elected president, saying that while the shooter in the deadly weekend attacks in Orlando may be dead, “the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive.”

In a sober national security address in Cleveland, the presumptive Democratic nominee also called for ramping up the U.S. air campaign targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. She pointedly called out U.S. partners in the region by name, saying Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar must stop their citizens from funding terrorism.

And she vigorously reiterated her call for banning assault weapons, like one of the guns the Orlando shooter used.

“I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets,” she said.

Clinton’s address in Cleveland was supposed to mark the official start of her general election campaign against Republican Donald Trump. But Sunday’s shooting altered her plans and she avoided direct attacks on her GOP rival, declaring, “Today is not a day for politics.”

Still, much of Clinton’s comments were aimed at drawing policy and temperamental contrasts with Trump. The businessman’s initial responses to the Orlando attacks included accepting “congrats” for “being right” about the terror threat facing the U.S. He also redoubled his calls for temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S. and increasing surveillance of mosques – policies that have concerned even some of his fellow Republicans.

“We have to have a ban on people coming in from Syria and different parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful and so horrible,” Trump said Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Because the shooter was American-born and lived in Florida, Trump’s ban would not have prevented the shooting.

The presumptive Republican nominee was to speak on national security later Monday in New Hampshire. He had planned to use the speech to make his case against Clinton, as well as her husband Bill Clinton, but he, too, changed his focused after the shooting.

Authorities say Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim, was responsible for the horrific attacks. FBI Director James Comey said that Mateen had “strong indications of radicalization” and was probably inspired by foreign terrorist organizations, though there was no evidence Monday that he had been directed by a network to carry out the attacks.

These apparent “lone wolf” attackers have deeply worried counterterrorism officials because they often leave fewer intelligence trails to monitor. Clinton said she would put together teams of government and private sector officials to try to identify lone wolf terrorists and ensure law enforcement agencies have the resources they need for such efforts.

In his morning television interviews, Trump redoubled his call for banning Muslims, although Mateen was an American citizen born in New York. While Trump focused in particular on keeping out refugees from Syria, he said a ban should apply to people from “different parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful and so horrible.”

The presumptive Republican nominee also appeared to suggest that President Obama may sympathize with Islamic terrorists – a stunning statement about the current commander in chief.

“He doesn’t get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump said on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends. “It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable.”

Trump said there were thousands of people living in the United States “sick with hate” and capable of carrying out the same sort of massacre.

“The problem is we have thousands of people right now in our country. You have people that were born in this country” who are susceptible to becoming “radicalized,” the billionaire real estate mogul said on Fox. He claimed there are Muslims living here who “know who they are” and said it was time to “turn them in.”

Trump’s longstanding proposal to temporarily ban foreign-born Muslims from entering the United States has triggered outrage from Democrats and Republicans alike, who see it unconstitutional, un-American and counterproductive. But it has helped him win over many primary voters who fear the rise of Islamic extremism and believe that “political correctness” – the fear of offending Muslims – is damaging national security.




Concord Monitor Office

1 Monitor Drive
Concord,NH 03301
603-224-5301

 

© 2021 Concord Monitor
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy