GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Donald Trump blamed Hillary Clinton yesterday for supporting immigration policies that “bring Islamic extremists to our country” while she claims to be a strong advocate for the gay community.
The New York mogul also doubled-down on his proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigrants during a speech here in the Granite State.
“She can’t have it both ways,” Trump told an invitation-only crowd at St. Anselm College yesterday. “She can’t claim to be supportive of these communities, while trying to increase the number of people coming in who want to oppress these same communities. … Why does Hillary Clinton want to bring people in, in vast numbers, who reject our values? Why? Explain.”
The New York billionaire also vowed to suspend immigration from countries with a history of terrorism.
“If we don’t get tough and if we don’t get smart and fast, we’re not going to have our country anymore,” said Trump. “There will be nothing — absolutely nothing — left.”
Trump read prepared remarks from two teleprompters and appeared to stray from the script several times, including when he mistakenly stated that the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, was born “an Afghan, of Afghan parents, who immigrated to the United States.”
Mateen was born in Queens, N.Y., like Trump.
Trump on Twitter Sunday acknowledged being congratulated by his supporters for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism” after the Orlando attacks. In his speech yesterday, he took credit again, this time for influencing Clinton’s campaign rhetoric.
“Hillary Clinton for months … repeatedly refused to say the words radical Islam, until I challenged her yesterday and, guess what, she will probably say them. She sort of has said them. But let’s see what happens,” Trump said during his speech.
I have been hitting Obama and Crooked Hillary hard on not using the term Radical Islamic Terror. Hillary just broke-said she would now use!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2016
The former secretary of state told CNN yesterday morning, “Whether you call it radical jihadism, radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing. I’m happy to say either.”
Trump generated more controversy yesterday during an interview with Fox News, blasting President Obama’s leadership in the war on ISIS.
“We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or has something else in mind,” said Trump. “And the something else in mind, people can’t believe it.”
Trump didn’t elaborate, but the Washington Post ran with a story headlined: “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting.”
The Post later replaced it with a toned-down headline, but Trump responded by revoking the “dishonest and phony” newspaper’s press credentials for future campaign events.
The Post in a statement called Trump’s move “a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press.”
Trump canceled a rally in Portsmouth and fundraisers in Boston and Rye yesterday because of the Orlando attacks. His speech at St. Anselm marked his first visit to New Hampshire since his first-in-the-nation primary win in February.
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