At the “Brown and Black Forum” in Iowa Monday, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton could not differentiate between ISIS and “white terrorism.”
A moderator asked Clinton, “Personally, I know many minorities who are much more concerned with racist attacks at the local level than radical Islamists. So, question to put it plainly since often issues of race are tiptoed, do you believe that white terrorisms and extremism is as much a threat to some in this country as something like ISIS?”
Hillary’s answer only briefly addressed the question before veering off on to a talk of gun control. “I think we have all kinds of threats in our country, and I wouldn’t discount any of them. I think we have to take them all seriously. And many of those threats are fueled by the gun violence that we face every single day…,” she said.
Hillary then turned to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old shot in Chicago shortly after performing a President Obama’s second inauguration. She called the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building the act of a “a guy who hated the government. That’s terrorism, as far as I’m concerned.”
“I think that when you have police violence that terrorizes communities, that doesn’t show the respect that you’re supposed to have from protecting people in your authority,” Hillary answered. “That can feel, also, terrorizing. So, there are so many different kinds of potential violent acts and we have to go after all of them, we have to stop them all.
“It becomes higher profile when it’s tied to international terrorism because that seems like it’s coming from outside, not homegrown,” she continued. “Well, I saw homegrown terrorism in Oklahoma City, and I saw foreign terrorism in New York City, and I saw people grieving over the loss of their loved ones, and at some point we all have to come together as a country again and stand against violence. And do something to get the guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, no matter who they are.”