Well, Trump finally got to her.
Hillary Clinton Monday morning backed down to the pressure applied by Donald Trump, finally, if reluctantly, using the term “radical Islamism” to describe the motivation for terrorism inspired by extreme interpretations of Islam.
“Trump, as usual is obsessed with name calling,” she said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show. But then she said:
I have clearly said that we face terrorist enemies who use Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. We have to stop them and we will. We have to defeat radical jihadist terrorism, and we will. And to me, radical jihadism, radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing. I’m happy to say either, but that’s not the point.
But she also said that “talk, “rhetoric” and “demagoguery” is “not going to solve the problem,” adding “I’m not going to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion.”
Well, such talk will help solve the problem. Because you can only focus correctly on the problem if you know what it is. Banning AR-15s is not going to stop terrorism. Understanding that the terror is emanating from an actual branch of the religion lets you know where to go to find and defeat the killers, and how to counter their propaganda.