Hours before President Barack Obama spoke to the nation about the attack on San Bernardino, those seeking to replace him in next year’s elections laid out their opinions on how to combat terrorism domestically and abroad.
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, wanted to meld the arguments of combating terrorism with gun control laws saying that “we have to up our game against terrorists abroad and at home, and we have to take account of the fact that our gun laws and the easy access to those guns by people who shouldn’t get them – mentally-ill people, fugitives, felons – and the Congress continuing to refuse to prohibit people on the no-fly list from getting guns, which include a lot of domestic and international terrorists. These are tow parts of the same approach that I’m taking to make us safe.”
During her time on ABC’s “This Week,” Clinton continued discussing role of terrorism in the world, refusing to do what French President Françoise Hollande did after the Paris attacks by declaring war on ISIS. While calling San Bernardino a terrorist act, she restored to legality to deny calling it a war with the terrorist organization that likely influenced the two shooters.
Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump countered Clinton’s remarks by saying it is time to end the political correctness and start tracking Muslims in the United States.
“You have people that have to be tracked,” Trump said. “If they’re Muslims, they’re Muslims, but you have people that have to be tracked. If you have people coming out of mosques with hatred and with death in their eyes and on their minds, we’re going to have to do something.”
Trump went on to say that defeating ISIS will have to include doing a better top in the social media game than ISIS.
“We came up with the Internet, but they’re using it better than we do. They’re brainwashing these kids,” Trump said. Trump said part of the problem with ISIS’ success online is from the media, though he did not elaborate how the media was doing such.
“The press is making them into Robin Hood,” he said. “These people (ISIS) are animals. These people are not masterminds. They’re not even smart people. I bet you they have very low IQs.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush chimed in with his opinions on the words used to describe the problem, taking issue with the Democrats’ aversion to using the term “radical Islam.”
“The simple fact is the left has a hard time recognizing what this is,” Bush told George Stephanopolous on “This Week.” “This is a fight for Western civilization. They’ve declared war on us and we need to be much more serious about creating a strategy to take them out.”
On the lower end of the polling, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he believes that a “9/11-style attack” is imminent, saying “I can tell you who is planning it: The leaders of ISIL,” the other name used for ISIS.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said there is a need for improved intelligence gathering, calling for the renewal of various U.S. surveillance programs dismantled under Obama’s administration.
“It was so wrong for Congress and the president to pull back on our surveillance capability with the NSA,” Christie said.