Someone should send Hillary Clinton a “Make America Great Again” hat.
In the wake of the triple-terror attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota this weekend, she’s now taking a page from Trump’s immigration playbook and calling for rigorous vetting of migrants.
“I am absolutely in favor of, and have long been an advocate for, tough vetting for making sure that we don’t let people into this country,” Clinton said yesterday during a presser in New York. She also said we need to have stronger vetting of those who “settle into our country” and “we need a better visa system.”
Welcome to the Trump Train.
Clinton’s latest statements echo common-sense national security proposals Donald Trump has been preaching for over a year now. It’s pathetic that it takes bombs going off on our city streets and innocents getting stabbed in a suburban mall by a Somalian “soldier of the Caliphate” for the Democratic nominee to state the obvious — which is we need to get smarter and tougher about who we let into this country in an Age of Terror.
That said, it would be nice if a legitimate reporter would ask Secretary Clinton if she could explain the difference between Trump’s calls for “extreme vetting” and her latest proposal of “tougher vetting.”
Sounds awfully similar to the average voter, although there’s one stark difference: When a Democrat running for office proposes common-sense homeland security measures, left-wing media — in the tank for the DNC — thinks it’s terrific, strong leadership.
Just a year ago…Hillary Clinton: U.S. should take 65,000 Syrian refugees
But when a Republican challenger says we need to get tougher in the fight against radical Islam and more vigilant about who’s entering our country — including calls to temporarily pause immigration from nations that have high concentrations of terrorism — he’s called a racist, xenophobe or “deplorable.”
No doubt the latest national polls indicate that smart voters are finally catching on to the political hypocrisy and media bias on full display.
Look no further than Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union address. The former president said, “Our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”
Funny, I don’t remember anyone calling him a racist or xenophobe back then — do you?
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive” airing 6-9 a.m. weekdays on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.
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