This terror attack in Orlando could not have brought a bigger divide between the two presidential candidates. Hillary is calling for more gun-control, while Trump is calling to defeat the terror issue in America. Which one resonates with you?
Hillary Clinton, in her first extended response to the massacre in Orlando, on Monday scrapped plans to give a general-election kick-off speech and instead gave an address focused on national security, gun control and the need for a bipartisan response to terrorism.
“Today is not a day for politics,” the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee said in a policy-heavy speech that made no mention of Republican rival Donald Trump by name.
Mr. Trump has sought to tag both Mrs. Clinton and President Barack Obama as weak on terrorism, and he called on Mr. Obama to resign and Mrs. Clinton to quit the presidential race in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Mr. Trump also said American Muslims must be better scrutinized for signs of radicalization and that Muslim immigration should be stopped.
Mr. Trump on Monday reaffirmed his support for a ban on Muslim immigrants, saying such a step was necessary to prevent further attacks.
“The bottom line is that the only reason the [Orlando] killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here,” Mr. Trump said in a speech in Manchester, N.H.
Mr. Trump cast his proposal to bar Muslim immigrants as an inclusive, all-American effort to protect women as well as people targeted for their sexual orientation.
“A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation. It’s an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity.”
In her speech from Cleveland, Mrs. Clinton did take implicit swipes at the GOP front-runner and his response to the shootings. Police have identified Omar S. Mateen, a Muslim American, as the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 others. Authorities said Mr. Mateen made a 911 call declaring his allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State before he was shot and killed.