WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):
Hillary Clinton says she isn’t shying away from using the term “radical Islamism” to describe the attack in Orlando and that she has a plan to address the threat. But, she adds, singling out a specific religion and trying to demonize its followers won’t protect the United States from the next attack.
Her likely Republican opponent, Donald Trump, has criticized President Barack Obama for not using the term and suggested political correctness hurts Democrats’ ability to go after terrorists.
Clinton, in a phone interview Monday, told NBC “Today” that she has a plan to defend the nation from “lone wolf” attacks. But “I’m not going to demonize and demagogue” like Trump because “it’s plain dangerous.”
The FBI says a total of 50 people were left dead, including gunman Omar Mateen, in the shooting inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday.
Republican Donald Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre.
A gunman wielding an assault-style rifle and handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with police. More than 50 more people were wounded, many in critical condition.