There were two things which could be counted on following the horrible Islamic terror attacks in Belgium this week. One was that the world would come together in expressions of sympathy and grief for those who were lost and otherwise affected. The second was that it would be turned into a political football in the American elections before the smoke had cleared out of the Brussels metro stations. True to forum, the media dashed out to ask Ted Cruz and Donald Trump what we should do about the situation and both of them suggested keeping a closer eye on Muslim communities for signs of radicalization and impending attacks.
Anything that makes as much sense as that is obviously verboten in the mainstream media, so the hunt was on for anyone and everyone who would be willing to vilify the GOP contenders. They didn’t have to wait long for Hillary Clinton’s input, as she was quick to attack both of them following her victory rally in Arizona. (ABC News)
Hillary Clinton slammed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for his proposal to patrol U.S. Muslim neighborhoods as a plan to combat terrorism, in the wake of Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels.
“Ted Cruz, who said we need to be policing everywhere Muslims live. I don’t know about you; that is not only offensive that too is dangerous,” Clinton told the crowd at a rally in Seattle Tuesday shortly after declaring victory in the Arizona Democratic primary. “Because we want everybody to feel together on our common defense against terrorism.
It’s funny how people will respond to a tragedy such as this. You never know what a candidate or elected official will say in the heat of the moment. That includes Clinton herself. In fact, she was asked a very similar question after the 9/11 attacks by ABC news anchor Sam Donaldson and her response back then was a bit less… nuanced. Let’s go to the video.
The weekly standard had the transcript.
“Let’s talk about American life now, though,” said ABC host Sam Donaldson. “What happens in the future from the standpoint of the question of security versus relaxation or giving up some of the freedoms that we’ve enjoyed in this country? How far do we go, for instance, on airline security?”
“Well, I think everyone recognizes we have to tighten security. We have to do whatever it takes to keep our people safe,” Hillary Clinton replied.
Donaldson said, “Including profiling, senator?”
“I think we have to do whatever it takes, Sam. And I believe that, you know, Tuesday changed everything. Tuesday was a day that America has never, ever had to experience. And I hope to heaven that we never have to again. But we are in a war situation, and we’re going to have to do things people do in times of war. I just heard your interview with the mayor, and I think he’s right to look at examples in history like the Battle of Britain. Many of us have been studying what others did to carry on. And we know that we have to make tradeoffs in convenience, in our freedom of movement, without undercutting or losing our way of life and our values, which I really want to make America special and great. And we can’t ever let anyone undermine that.”
I understand that most of you who have been following this race might be rolling your eyes about now and treating this as a dog bites man story. Hillary Clinton has been on both sides of pretty much every issue under the sun between her time as First Lady and her first run for Senate until now. But that’s a pretty dramatic shift, isn’t it? At one time, a terror attack prompted a do what we have to do response from Clinton, but that’s no longer in vogue. Admitting that we have a problem with a particular segment of the Muslim population is unpalatable to the Left, even on a day when they’re still dragging scorched corpses out of the Brussels airport. So She Who Would Be Queen changes her tune again to suit the political winds of the day.
Hillary Clinton will do or say anything it takes to dredge up one more point in the polls as she has demonstrated over and over again. The sad part is, the way things are going today it looks as if it just might work.