Hillary Clinton has long been one of the battalion of American politicians, on both sides of the political spectrum, who resolutely refuse to admit that Islam has anything to do with terrorism committed by Muslims. Indeed, Hillary Clinton’s statement in regards to the San Bernardino shooting was concerned with gun control, gun control, gun control, and Americans blaming Muslims.
Back in December, Clinton was on This Week, with George Stephanopoulos and the subject came up:
ABC’S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “You’ve also been reluctant to say we’re fighting radical Islam. I wonder why not. Isn’t it a mistake to not say it plain that the violence is being pushed by radical elements in that faith?”
CLINTON: “Well, that’s a different thing. Radical elements who use a dangerous and distorted view of Islam to promote their jihadist ambitions, I’m fine with that. I say it all the time. And I go after Islamists, too.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “So what’s the problem with radical Islam?”
CLINTON: “Well, the problem is that that sounds like we are declaring a war against religion. And that, to me, is number one, wrong.”
In March, after the Brussels attack, Clinton still refused to use the term:
In an interview with CNN on Monday night, Cruz said, “We need a commander in chief that defends America and defending America means defeating radical Islamic terrorist and ISIS. What is completely unreasonable is Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s consistent pattern of refusing to even say the words radical Islamic terrorism…”
Clinton responded, “Well, that’s a long debate that people like him try to stir up. You know, I call it radical jihadist terrorism because you know it is clearly rooted in Islamic thinking that you know has to be contested first and foremost by Muslims around the world. But I think it is a mistake. I have said it repeatedly.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/22/hillary-says-her-refusal-to-say-radical-islamic-terrorism-is-just-semantics-video/#ixzz4BTJCFVNQ
The statement Clinton issued after the shooting in Orlando did not mention or hint at the notion of Islamic terrorism or radical Islam being the cause.
This morning, however, she was on CNN with Chris Cuomo and made flip flop on the issue:
CNN’s CHRIS CUOMO: “One of the criticisms in these situations is that President Obama won’t use the words ‘radical Islamic terror.’ That it seems to be either a fear or a protective instinct about blaming the religion. You are now coming under scrutiny about what you will call this, what this means to leadership. Do you believe that this is radical Islamism and or radical Islamic terror? Will you use those words, and if not, why?”
CLINTON: “Well, first of all, from my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say. And it mattered we got Bin Laden, not what name we called him. And I have clearly said that we face terrorist enemies who use Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. And, you know, whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing, I’m happy to say either.”
Let’s face it, what she’s saying here is balderdash. Sure it matters what we do, but it also matters what we say. Curing disease is nice but you sorta have to understand what the disease is and it is useful if the disease has a name so cancer and smallpox and boils on the ass aren’t all called “maladies.” Contrary to what Clinton says, this is the first time that she has equated radical Islamism with terrorism.
The answer is easy. Donald Trump started beating her on Sunday on her refusal to use the term “radical Islamism.”