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Clinton speaks out against call to register Muslims

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 01:42

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tells supporters not to listen to a call made by Republican candidate Donald Trump to monitor Muslim-Americans. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton attacked comments by Republican Donald Trump calling for Muslim in the United States to be tracked in a database, telling supporters on Saturday (November 21) that such rhetoric risked boosting recruitment by the Islamic State, or ISIS. Trump gave his support to the idea in an interview on Thursday, but has since sought to distance himself from his remarks. Speaking at the Democratic Party's Blue Jamboree event in South Carolina, Clinton said that comments directed against Muslims play into the hands of extremists. "I can tell you it's important that we don't listen to the voices, including those coming from Republican candidates for president, who would paint with such a broad brush, would want us to somehow isolate, register Muslims, go after Islam. Our enemies are these criminal killers who misuse a religion in order to recruit people and give them the training to go out and kill more people," Clinton said. Trump's comments came amid renewed security concerns following the Islamic State attacks in Paris last week that killed 130 people, and a political fight over U.S. plans to take in 10,000 refugees from Syria. Clinton said on Saturday that it is important for America not to create the perception that it is shutting refugees out. "I will make sure that we are absolutely vigilant in how we vet any refugees. And we will not be allowing people in who if anyone thinks at all they could cause us a problem. I will rely on the defense and intelligence experts to do that. But, you know, we don't want to enhance the recruitment of ISIS and the others by acting like we're going to shut our borders, because that validates them. And that then creates more opportunity, unfortunately, to pull in vulnerable people," Clinton said. On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation to suspend Obama's program to admit Syrian refugees and then intensify the process of screening them.

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Clinton speaks out against call to register Muslims

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 01:42