GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has been pilloried by the Clinton campaign for suggesting a suspension of immigration of Muslims from trouble spots around the world. However, despite the campaign’s posturing, Hillary Clinton herself actually supported the idea of profiling Muslims shortly after September 11th, 2001.
Clinton, who was a U.S. Senator from New York at the time, signaled her support for profiling in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
“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?” Donaldson asked Clinton. “How far do we go, for instance, on airline security?”
“Well, I think everyone recognizes we have to tighten security,” Clinton responded. “We have to do whatever it takes to keep our people safe.”
“Including profiling, senator?” Donaldson pushed.
“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,” Clinton responded.
The New York Senator continued, “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.”
Fifteen years later, the threat from radical Islamic Terrorism persists, but candidate Clinton seems to have forgotten those dark days following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
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