Trump read prepared remarks from two teleprompters and appeared to stray from the script several times, including when he mistakenly stated that the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, was born “an Afghan, of Afghan parents, who immigrated to the United States“. But instead, Boot said, Trump has been “partisan and petty”. But the carnage in an Orlando nightclub has become the backdrop of an already coarse and ugly presidential election, with Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump showing no compunction in using the tragedy as a campaign weapon.
But, Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, said it is not inevitable for Trump to get a boost from the Florida attack.
“And either one is unacceptable, number one”.
Clinton didn’t avoid the prospect of a link to worldwide terrorism in her statement, though she was vague in her language.
Trump has rejected the criticism, and has said he is often misunderstood by the media and his opponents.
Trump said she has been forced to say the words, thanks to his challenging her on the issue, and that she supports “so much of what is wrong with this country”.
“Our new goal must be to defeat Islamic terrorism, not nation building”, he said.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s call for a ban on assault weapons – a renewal of a law in place from 1994 to 2004 – was harshly rejected by Trump, who characterized her proposal as vastly more far-reaching than anything she’s proposed. The roughly dozen people were ushered out without incident. The gunman died in a shootout with police.
Prior to Clinton taking the stage, Senator Sherrod Brown addressed the several hundred people in attendance.
And later, speaking to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump offered yet another explanation when questioned about what he meant. Though she drew implicit contrasts with Trump, she never mentioned him by name, saying “Today is not a day for politics”. But he abruptly switched his focus following the attacks on the gay nightclub in Orlando.
The Washington Post read between the lines, concluded Trump was making the sinister suggestion that Obama had something to do with Orlando, and Trump was so angry about it he revoked their press access. “The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism”.
Mateen is alleged to have called a 911 operator to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State after the massacre.
He added that there is “no direct evidence” the shooter “was part of a larger plot”. Following an Federal Bureau of Investigation briefing Monday, he said it appeared Mateen was “inspired by various extremist information disseminated over the internet”.
The statement went on to invoke the Iran deal, which Trump said “is great for Iran and bad for Israel and the United States”. “We did not attack each other, we worked with each other to protect our country and rebuild our city”, Clinton said.
“Well, you know, I’ll let people figure that out for themselves Howie”, Trump said on the Howie Carr Show.
It is “dangerous” and “wrong” to call for a ban on Muslims or start “special surveillance on fellow Americans due to their religion”, she said.
The presumptive nominee of the conservative Republican Party renewed his inflammatory call for a ban on Muslims entering the USA and warned that large-scale immigration from Muslim countries could be a “Trojan horse” for terrorists to gain entry. “I refuse to be politically correct”.
In a statement late Sunday, the businessman went further than US officials investigating the shootings by asserting that the attack in Orlando was the work of a “radical Islamic terrorist”.
Clinton called on Americans to come together in the way they did after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Oh, she had one good idea: Get the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait to stop letting their people finance extremists.
“If we want to protect the quality of life for all Americans – women and children, gay and straight, Jews and Christians and all people – then we need to tell the truth about radical Islam and we need to do it now”, Trump told the crowd in New Hampshire.