Donald Trump’s campaign said Monday that Hillary Clinton’s accusations that the Republican presidential nominee has inspired terrorism through his rhetoric are “beyond the pale.”
“It’s also an attempt to distract from her horrible record on ISIS. If Clinton really wants to find the real cause of ISIS, she needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror,” senior Trump adviser Jason Miller said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“We know that a lot of rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they’re looking to make this into a war against Islam rather than a war against jihadists, violent terrorists, people whose number in the tens of thousands, not tens of millions.
They want to use that to recruit more fighters to turn this into a religious conflict,” Clinton said.
“That’s why I’ve been very clear: We’re going after the bad guys and we’re going to get them, but we’re not going after an entire religion and give the terrorists exactly what its wanting in order for them to enhance their position,” she said. “Second, we know Donald Trump’s comments have been used online in recruitment for terrorists.”
The Trump campaign quickly hit back, again blaming Clinton for creating an environment that led to the rise of ISIS.
“The decision to remove all American troops from Iraq in 2011, which was vigorously supported by Clinton, created the vacuum that led to the founding of ISIS. Nothing she says or does can ever un-ring that bell,” Miller said.
“The only thing we can expect from a Hillary Clinton presidency is more attacks on our homeland and more innocent Americans being hurt and killed.”