Wall Street Journal
By Byron Tau and Allison Kite
September 19, 2016
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump tangled over how to best protect the country from terrorist threats, after a series of weekend bombings and bomb scares in New York and New Jersey returned security issues to the forefront of the presidential campaign.
Speaking to reporters before boarding her campaign plane in White Plains, N.Y., Mrs. Clinton called for calm vigilance and accused Mr. Trump of sowing division and playing into the hands of terrorists.
Mr. Trump renewed his warning about the dangers of unchecked immigration and called for allowing police more latitude in profiling suspects, including by race. He also criticized Mrs. Clinton’s call to increase admissions of refugees from the Middle East.
“I am prepared to, ready to actually take on those challenges,” Mrs. Clinton said, “not engage in a lot of irresponsible, reckless rhetoric.”
“You don’t hear a plan from him. He keeps saying he has a secret plan,” she said, referring to Mr. Trump. “The secret is he has no plan.”
Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Mr. Trump said: "We’re allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people…Hillary Clinton wants to allow hundreds of thousands of these same people,” Mr. Trump said.
“If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person and say I’m sorry—because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break,” he added.
A powerful blast rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on Saturday evening, injuring more than two dozen people. That explosion came after a homemade pipe bomb detonated near the route of a Marine Corps charity race in New Jersey earlier Saturday; no one was injured.
Investigators later found a second explosive device in New York City, and five more pipe bombs near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J. On Monday morning, authorities detained Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan, a suspect in the bombing incidents.
“Let us be vigilant but not afraid,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We have faced threats before. If you see something or you hear something, report it immediately to local law-enforcement authorities. I know we will meet this new danger with the same courage and vigilance.”
Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Trump’s previous remarks on terrorism and Muslim immigration have sowed division and promoted the narrative that the West was at war with Islam.
“There are millions of millions of naturalized citizens in America from all over the world. There are millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslim Americans,” she said.
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