Thursday, July 14, 2016

Clinton And Trump Have Radically Different Reactions To The Terrorist Attack In France

Both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees have taken to the airwaves to give statements concerning the truck attack in Nice France. The tone and tenor of their words are vastly different. Where Clinton empathized with the French people Trump instead immediately took to blaming President Obama and Muslims.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said of today's attack that as Americans “we have to stand with our allies

I am sick at heart about what’s happened to the French people. This was a horrific attack, while as you know so well, friends and family were celebrating French history and culture. It reminds us very vividly and tragically that we have to stand with our allies and not abandon them and we need to strengthen our alliances, including with NATO, not undermine them.

Clintons reference to NATO obviously directed at Donald Trump who has in the past criticized them as “obsolete”.

Clinton continued by saying...

"They would love to draw the United States into a ground war in Syria. I would be very focused on the intelligence surge. I would be very focused on working with our partners and allies and intensify our efforts against the ideologues that pedal radical jihadism online."

Donald Trump, on the other hand, made his way to Fox News as soon as reports of the attack had broken well before French officials had officially concluded the attack was terrorism. His first order of business was to criticize Obama for not using the magic words "radical Islamic terrorism", then he claimed America was "weakly led" and finished up by again suggesting banning Muslim immigrants “from terrorist nations.

I would make it -- I would not allow people to come in from terrorist nations. I would do extreme vetting -- I would call it extreme vetting, too -- and, you know, our country has tremendous problems. We don’t need any more of the problems. Right now we have more investigations of this kind going on than we’ve ever had in the history of our country and we’re going to allow thousands and tens of thousands of more people coming in and then you see a situation like in Nice, France.

Two hours later Trump was back on Fox this time with Bill O'Reilly in which he agreed with the host's assessment that because of today's events this was now a “world war scenario”.

In addition, Trump has also postponed the reveal of his vice presidential pick in the wake of the attack lest 80 murdered French citizens steal the spotlight of his big announcement.

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