But she did get around to releasing a written statement that said: “Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat.” Radical jihadism. She probably never would have said even that phrase were it not for pressure from Trump’s excoriating her and Obama for refusing to identify the enemy, but she would no doubt insist (if asked, which she won’t be) that “radical jihadism” has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.
“Clinton ignores Istanbul terror attack during town hall event,” New York Post, June 29, 2016:
Hillary Clinton ignored the terror attack at İstanbul’s Atatürk Airport at a digital town hall event Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Rather than discuss the trio of ISIS-suspected suicide attacks that has so far claimed the lives of 41 and injured many more, Clinton discussed revenge porn, calling herself “Exhibit A,” but declining to explain more….
Clinton also used the live event with YouTube stars to dump on Donald Trump. “I am not sympathetic to the xenophobia, the misogyny, the homophobia, the Islamophobia…or the sort of dog whistles that Trump uses to create that fervor among a lot of his supporters,” she said.
Unlike the former secretary of state, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump did address the terror attack at a rally in Ohio Tuesday night.
“There’s something going on that’s really, really bad,” he said. “And we better get smart and we better get tough or we’re not going to have much of a country left.”
Clinton did, however, release a written statement about the attack. “Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies—and all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence,” she said.
She added, “Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat.”