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Clinton writes: "At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr. Trump is supplying them with new propaganda. He's playing right into their hands."

Hillary Clinton. (photo: Reuters)
Hillary Clinton. (photo: Reuters)

No, Donald Trump. We're Not Barring Muslims From Entering the Country.

By Hillary Clinton, Reader Supported News

10 December 15


And a message to Muslims.

onald Trump has made a name for himself in this election by trafficking in prejudice and paranoia. Now he says he wants to stop all Muslims from entering the United States. It’s a shameful idea. It’s also dangerous. At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr. Trump is supplying them with new propaganda. He’s playing right into their hands.

Now some Republican candidates are saying that Donald Trump’s latest comments have gone too far. But the truth is, many GOP candidates have also said extreme things about Muslims. Their language may be more veiled than Mr. Trump’s, but their ideas aren’t so different.

Ben Carson says that a Muslim shouldn’t be president. Marco Rubio compares Muslims to members of the Nazi Party and refuses to rule out monitoring and closing of mosques. Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have suggested that we implement a religious test for Syrian refugees—one that only Christians would pass. Chris Christie says not even 3-year-old Syrian orphans should be let in. And they insist on using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”—in fact, they criticize anyone who says anything else—even though it drives the exact narrative the jihadists want to advance: that we’re at war with an entire religion.

When you take a step back and see what the Republican field as a whole says about Muslims—not just one or two candidates for President, but nearly all of them—it’s hard to take seriously their attempts to distance themselves from Mr. Trump. He’s just articulating the logical conclusion of what the rest of them have been saying. As Mr. Trump said in an interview this morning, “They condemn practically everything I say, and then they always come to my side.”

That should concern all of us. This kind of rhetoric sets us back in the fight against radical jihadists—a fight we absolutely have to win, against a brutal, nihilistic enemy who twists Islam to justify mass murder. These jihadists cannot be contained; they have to be defeated. And the vast majority of Muslims here and abroad are on our side in this fight. Many are helping prevent radicalization, including here at home. So why would anyone suggest that they’re the enemy? How does that help us? Radical jihadists are telling people that the United States hates Muslims—and there’s Donald Trump on TV screaming about how he’s going to keep all Muslims out. He’s strengthening the terrorists’ argument.

He’s also taking aim at our values. Our country was founded by people fleeing religious persecution. The notion that here, people are free to practice their faith, whatever it is, is one of America’s most cherished principles. Maybe Mr. Trump should re-read President Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, reassuring them that, in the brand-new nation of the United States, their religious liberty would always be protected. He wrote, “The Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” In other words, you can be you, and still be with us.

That’s something I’ll bet a lot of Muslim Americans need to hear right now. Imagine hearing political leaders threaten to register and track you, implying that your religion is violent, that you’re violent, that you’re the enemy. Nearly 3 million Americans are Muslims. They’re our family, our friends, our neighbors, and co-workers. They serve in the military, save lives as doctors and nurses, and serve our communities as police officers, firefighters, teachers, and civic leaders. They’re patriots—proud Americans, just like the rest of us. They deserve better than this.

So today, I want to send a different message.

To Muslim Americans: What you’re hearing from Trump and other Republicans is absolutely, unequivocally wrong. It’s inconsistent with our values as a nation—a nation which you are helping to build. This is your country, too. I’m proud to be your fellow American. And many, many other Americans feel the same way.

Now is the time for all of us—especially Republican leaders—to stand up to hateful, dangerous words and deeds.

Just a few days ago, two young women wearing headscarves were trying to have breakfast at a café near the University of Texas at Austin when another diner started shouting racist things at them. The girls left in tears—in part because of the ugly words, but also because no one else in that crowded café came to their defense.

As they left, one of the girls asked the room, “Who cares about us?” Somebody called out, “Nobody.” “We left,” they said, “because it was true.”

But it’s not true. And we have to make sure Muslim Americans know that. It’s how we stay true to our values as Americans. And it’s how we show the world who we really are—a strong, proud, united country that still knows, after all these years, that all men and women are created equal. your social media marketing partner


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+3 # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10
Sanderistas: no Hillary, we are not allowing you to secure the nomination. It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise. No more neo-liberals!
-38 # Thomas0008 2015-12-10 19:37
sanders supports the Zionist child killers in Israel and is for forced Vaccines... send him back to dog catcher in Vermont... (pity the dogs if he gets the job)
+5 # nice2bgreat 2015-12-10 23:16
Quoting Thomas0008:
sanders supports the Zionist child killers in Israel and is for forced Vaccines... send him back to dog catcher in Vermont... (pity the dogs if he gets the job)

Fun at parties? Bore people much? Stupid guy on your left, jackass on your right? Have I spotted the right crowd?

Or possibly a lone goof?

What political miracle are you playing towards, blubbering on about "Zionism" and "child killers"; and such outrage about not properly addressing -- though admittedly, an interest of mine -- the paramount issue (on the minds of everybody, right?) of "forced Vaccines"?

And being Sanders' campaign manager, you'd have him mend his evil way and show his contrition by??? What?

You seem like-minded with (some guy) jdd. Commenting after the first Dem debate.

Quoting jdd: 2015-10-14 10:40:
Too many "You're right, Ms.Secretary." And both Sanders and O'Malley let Hillary off the hook on her complicity on the explosive derivatives bubble and Iraq vote, support for the Afghan surge, destruction of Libya and Syrian "no-fly zone." Low point was Bernie turning to shake hands with the warmonger. Is he giving it away?

Not shaking Hillary's hand, immediately take the hard line against Israel, and move from economic populism to the conspiracy behind the vaccination industry.

And after that it's all smooth sailing?

You and your Chris-Hedges' ilk can eat shit.

Note to left: more rooting out of COINTELPRO residue needed.
+8 # jdd 2015-12-11 06:04
Hillary Clinton cannot be allowed to dominate the response to Trump. That simply plays into the hands of a woman who supported the bloody overthrow of Libya and has supported the terrorist opposition in Syria, even calling for a "no fly zone" to provide a safe haven on the Turkish border. She has not only rejected cooperation with Russia to destroy ISIS but has been a belligerent voice of confrontation with both Russia and China. What has she done about releasing the 28 redacted pages of the 911 Joint Inquiry Report? Nothing. She supports the redaction because it covers up the role of her friends, the Saudis, in that atrocity.
+4 # warrior woman 2015-12-11 06:03
Have you all noticed Hillary is the only democrat allowed to respond on this issue?
-6 # bmiluski 2015-12-11 14:32
What do you mean "allowed"? Who's preventing them?
+4 # jamander4 2015-12-10 18:33
I read this article and it occurred to me that Hillary might actually believe what she is saying. But exclude Muslims we will. The visa waiver program is being changed. There is very little chance that many Muslims will be admitted to the US. Of course Saudi royalty and prominent Muslim business people will enter even if they have direct ties to terrorists but forget entry if you are young male and Muslim. The US will attack Trump while they adopt his policies in every way except in name. Hypocrisy thy name is Hillary.
+21 # grandlakeguy 2015-12-10 18:40
Nice try HILLARY THE HORRIBLE HAWK! This whole issue is of YOUR creation as well since you gleefully supported EVERY vote for the criminal wars of aggression in the Middle East that were the agenda of the war criminals/profi teers Bush and Cheney!
We remember that you were a Senator at the time and always voted for the illegal aggressions being pushed by your fellow Republicans. You fool no one! You are no liberal!
And everyone should be reminded that you voted against an amendment to the defense appropriations act that would have banned the manufacture and use of CLUSTER BOMBS a weapon of barbaric shame that is designed to kill and maim civilian populations, mainly children.
As Secretary of State you oversaw the actions in Libya that threw that country into chaos and created even more terrorists. You are part of what has caused this crisis.
We need Bernie Sanders with a VP candidate of Elizabeth Warren. After a Sanders presidency we can finally have a
worthy and QUALIFIED woman as President!
Go Bernie!
Go away Hillary!
+8 # sfreeman 2015-12-10 20:27
gradnlakeguy, THANK YOU for speaking the truth about Hillary Clinton. I am no particular fan of Bernie Sanders because of his support for the war criminal state of Israel. I am NOT anti-Semetic, but I cannot support the genocidal policies Israel pursues against the people Palestine. Consequently, it is difficult for me to support Sanders. Just as Lyndon Johnson, he is great on domestic policy; but his foreign policy is only marginally more enlightened than H. Clinton's

With respect to Hillary Clinton, you are absolutely right; she actually my believe the things she says. While she talks the talk; she does not walk the walk. She is an imperialist and a blood-thirsty war monger who, at best, as President would be only marginally different than any of those seeking the Republican nomination. In truth, she too is a Republican. Look at her political history, starting in 1964 when she was a "Goldwater Girl". In terms of her political record, she never has varied much from the Republican agenda she espoused when she identified as a Republican. She is a completely dishonest person, masquerading as a Democrat while being Republican to the marrow of her bones. She should be ashamed; but like most Republicans, she has no shame.
+1 # dquandle 2015-12-10 23:41
And his support for funding all the current and "past" US wars, for the last 20 years or so, and his support for weapons systems galore, especially if they deign to roost in his state...

Hillary doesn't believe a word she's saying. She automatically lies through her fangs. As you suggest in your little historical note, the same comeback applies to her ; "In your guts , you know she's nuts..."
0 # dquandle 2015-12-10 23:34
Indeed, Hillary went to the Halloween shop and got a little human mask to put over her gorgon face; the We Came. We Saw He Died, face, the stepping into Albright's "... we think it was worth it." blood drenched boots face. The best friends with ISIS supporting Saudi "royalty" and Mubarak-Sisi mass murder, mass torture, mass execution face. The terrorize civilians and bomb wedding parties in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia face, the open up Libya for ISIS face, the US DU-WP-DIME mass murder party in Fallujah face, the want war wherever we can start one face. The Insert murderous Nazis in the driver's seat in Ukraine face. The war with Russia war with China face... Somehow, strangely, the little toy human mask smeared over that frothing foul pit just doesn't cut it.
-5 # bmiluski 2015-12-11 14:35
Good Lord dquandle!!!! Did you read before you posted this right wing vitrol?
+3 # harleysch 2015-12-12 16:39
Opposing Hillary's militarism, as in her support for a No Fly Zone over Syria, is "right wing"?
+8 # dusty 2015-12-10 19:15
This article is one of the heights of hypocrisy. This from the woman who okay-ed the bombing of Libya and other Muslim countries killing many thousands of Muslims, children, women and men. All she and the ruling class she represents care about is the control of the oil and kissing the behinds of the ruling sheikhs so that they bring their dollars into play in ways that helps the US try to save Capital. We should welcome refugees from these countries because we have brought down the holocaust upon them with our 14 year plus "War on Terror".
+4 # dquandle 2015-12-10 23:46
You got it. She's got a war on terror jones that just won't quit. If she, Obama, Bush/Cheney couldn't sell weapons to the Saudis and Turkey to give to ISIS/Al Qaeda, and couldn't keep executive drone-striking everywhere all the time, where would we get our terrorists from?
+11 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-12-10 19:29
Well Hillary, you did such a good job of helping/protect ing Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, and Syria, I can't see why you wouldn't be the best President to continue those wars until the Muslim countries come to the realization that you are their savior.
+4 # Thomas0008 2015-12-10 19:33
she doesn't ban Muslims over her, she kills them over there
+2 # dquandle 2015-12-10 23:47
+3 # PeacefulGarden 2015-12-10 19:54
Hillary is a not-banner of Muslims. She simply will not ban them. And, she will say no to people who want to ban them.

It is the best not-message ever.
+11 # Texas Aggie 2015-12-10 20:21
He’s playing right into their hands.

Well, the Shrub and Darth Cheney did it for bin Laden in Iraq. Why shouldn't the Frump do it for ISIS?
-1 # Robbee 2015-12-10 20:23
and finally, citizen! at long last thanks for finally outing RAP! - Republicans Against Progress! - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

- to see you say that so clearly, we've been waiting such a long time!
+10 # Farafalla 2015-12-10 20:41
Where was Hillary when we turned back thousands of Central American minors and sent them back to the most violent region in the hemisphere - Honduras and El Salvador?
+6 # dquandle 2015-12-10 23:57
Playing footsie with the Contras and death squads, just like she is now. She was delighted with the coup in Honduras.
-6 # Robbee 2015-12-10 21:30
i'm not hill's biggest fan! i'm bernie's biggest fan! says - # Farafalla 2015-12-10 20:41 "Where was Hillary when ..." - far as i'm concerned hill should have been many places she wasn't -

yet hill has her moments! for instance she apparently got out ahead of bernie supporting a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants - not bad at all, i'n it?

now here she is saying truth to the american public, before bernie! give her her due! today, on this one point, hill is perfect!

we are about more than picking apart every single thing hill says, desperately trying to find something wrong with it, pretending she shows no leadership, aren't we? any of us?
+11 # Pancho 2015-12-10 23:25
Apparently, you've been sleeping with your eyes open.

Dec. 7th: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont also slammed Trump as a demagogue and suggested Trump's rhetoric would make the U.S. weaker.

"Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin. Now, Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims. The United States is a great nation when we stand together. We are a weak nation when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us," Sanders said in a statement.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, in a signed message, tweeted, "This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive. @RealDonaldTrum p, you don't get it. This makes us less safe. -H"
-9 # bmiluski 2015-12-11 14:39
Oh Robbee....good for you. You do realize, however, that you will be slammed by all the uber anti-Hillary freaks on this site. Just read some of their rabid comments and you'll wonder if maybe you're on a right wing site.
-3 # bmiluski 2015-12-12 13:29
See what I mean?
+10 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-12-10 21:53
ROBBEE - Hillary is a Neoconservative and is married to Wall Street. Wake up. She only says the right thing after Bernie has been saying it to resonating crowds.
+8 # cymricmorty 2015-12-10 21:58
You manage to make Killary even more offensive than she already is.
"We came, we saw, he died (cackle cackle)."
-9 # Robbee 2015-12-10 22:07
it's okay - wasn't expecting any response - nobody responds to what bernie says about hill! - way it goes around here!

any story on rsn about hill generates no analysis! nobody here listens to bernie either! ('sept for me, and now, robert reich!) most everyone else has their own axe to grind!

too bad, you're missing the great revolution! overthrowing our billionaire class! but you have more important things on your minds! i'n it?
+4 # dquandle 2015-12-10 22:59
Not when we can bomb them and drone them and engage in wholesale executive murder, rape, and torture in their homelands which we first obliterate, on humanitarian grounds.
-10 # lights 2015-12-10 23:56
The hatred expressed in this article, on this blog is palpable. Misogynist men and women and obviously terrified Bernie supporters who oddly are not different from most of the Trump supporters. One can't help but wonder what exactly it is about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump that attracts these kinds of miserable people.
-9 # bmiluski 2015-12-11 14:42
Right on LIGHTS!!!! We need more brave people like you to point out the exactness of the two sides: pro Bernie, and pro Trump.
+4 # janie1893 2015-12-11 01:12
-7 # Dgreenb1 2015-12-11 03:55
I didn't realize so many five year olds could write comments to an article. Not getting exactly what you want kiddies? Best take your ball and go home and throw a tantrum. When you've finished with your bullshit ranting and some Joe McCarthy wannabee is elected president, you will be able to take your ball and shove it where the sun don't shine as this country stops circling the drain and really goes down the toilet.
-6 # xflowers 2015-12-11 10:42
Hillary makes a very cogent and effective argument here. I really appreciate these words in the face of most of the words I hear and read.
-8 # bmiluski 2015-12-11 14:45
Thanks flowers. I wish more people would start calling out these Hillary haters. I can understand facts but not vomit.
+1 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-12-11 18:07
Time for the Supreme Court to step in and "select" Trump to be sure Reagan, Bush, Clinton, W.Bush, Obama policies as President are continued until they work.
"our" government has served the interests of people with money since day one. A few people make money off of war so they can buy politicians who promote war.
"Greed is good" --- Ronald Reagan.
WAKE UP AMERICA. A huge military build up, more than "daily" mass shootings = a sign of a declining empire
-4 # ahollman 2015-12-12 23:46
Yes, Donald Trump's words help ISIS. But, similarly, the words of commenters here help Trump. The vitriolic hatred expressed against Clinton, Sanders, and other commenters is typical of RSN commenters and makes Trump's offensive comments about Mexicans and Muslims seem moderate in comparison. Examples from above: "HILLARY CLINTON IS A BLOODTHIRSTY WARMONGER", "sanders supports the Zionist child killers in Israel and is for forced Vaccines", "take your ball and shove it where the sun don't shine".

I'm no fan of Hillary Clinton, but what she said was spot on. The only thing I would have added was that Trump's comments, occurring during a campaign, follow 8 years of unceasing attacks by Republicans against President Obama as an un-American, closet Muslim. The real hypocrisy is not by Clinton, but by Republican candidates who criticize Trump for comments far milder than those they have made for 8 years.

I want Bernie Sanders elected as President, but I'm realistic; he's a politician, not a saint. Like Obama and other previous Presidents, if elected, he too will waffle on issues, if only because politics is the art of compromise.
0 # PCPrincess 2015-12-13 00:12
My 'troll' senses are tingling. Although I am familiar with a couple of the posters above, this particular comments section is unreal. We are all old enough to produce infant human beings that are completely reliant on us for their self-preservati on, but we can't be mature enough to speak about topics in a well-reasoned, articulate, and empathetic manner? I will note that I am very worried that there will be a great deal of personal ambition involved with the presidential election and what could be the first and possibly last chance for me to witness true progressive ideals in the White-house might be lost, however, this type of discussion will not help get Bernie elected.

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