MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis put the fight against jihadist recruitment in the spotlight. Speaking from the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus, the Democratic front-runner for president laid out her 5-part plan to prevent radicalization.
1. “We have to shut down ISIS recruitment in the United States, especially online.”
2. “Stop would-be jihadists from getting training overseas, and stop foreign terrorists from coming here.”
3. “Discover and disrupt plots before they can be carried out.”
4. “Support law enforcement officers who risk their lives to prevent and respond to attacks.”
5. “Empower our Muslim-American communities who are on the front lines of the fight against radicalization.”
“This is a 360-degree strategy to keep America safe,” Clinton said.
Clinton: Fight against terror needs ban on assault weapons
“I know that this will drive some of our Republican friends a little crazy. You’ll probably hear it tonight,” Clinton predicted. “They’ll say that guns are a totally separate issue – nothing to do with terrorism. I have news for them. Terrorists use guns to kill Americans, and I think we should make it a lot harder for them to ever do that again.”
Late to podium
Clinton was scheduled to take the podium at 3 p.m. CT, but didn’t arrive on stage until 3:45 p.m. The reason: A meeting with Somali-American community leaders at the venue. A Clinton spokesperson said she told the leaders that our nation’s fight against terrorism must not come at the expense of American values.
Community leaders gather to combat 'Islamophobia'
A group of local leaders and Muslims gathered in a Minneapolis mosque on Monday night with hopes of changing the negative view of their religion following recent terrorist attacks. Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders all stood together asking that hate be replaced with discussion. But now more than ever public discourse is turning ugly. According to a recent New York Times article, in the hours after the California shooting, the top Google search involving the word Muslim was "kill Muslims.”
"Tonight we want to say no to hate, no to Islamophobia,” community leader Jibril Afyare said.
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