Hillary Clinton today acknowledged that the threat of terrorism in the nation was “real” but argued that entire communities should not be profiled in the wake of this weekend’s attacks in New York and New Jersey.
“This threat is real, but so is our resolve. Americans will not cower, we will prevail. We will defend our country, and we will defeat the evil, twisted ideology of the terrorists,” she said at a press conference.
The Democratic presidential nominee took aim at her Republican rival, Donald Trump, and his calls for increased police profiling.
“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, and not just people who come here to settle, but we need a better visa system,” Clinton said.
She added: “Let’s remember what happened on 9/11. These were not refugees who got into airplanes and attacked our city and our country. So let’s not get diverted and distracted by the kind of campaign rhetoric we hear coming from the other side.”