Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says Republican rival Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. helps Islamic militants recruit new members. Rough Cut (no reporter narration.)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) As campaigning in the 2016 presidential election continued unabated on Tuesday (December 22), Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expanded on her criticism of Donald Trump's comments on Muslims, telling supporters in Iowa that Trump's comments have "consequences". "It has consequences, it has real consequences. You know people around the world pay very close attention to our elections. And if you go on Arabic television, as we have, and you look at what is being blasted out, with video of Mr. Trump being translated into Arabic - 'No Muslims coming to the United States', other kinds of derogatory, defamatory statements. It is playing into the hands of the violent Jihadists. There is nothing they want more than to be able to claim that the United States is against Islam and against Muslims. And that then lights an even bigger fire for them to make their propaganda claims through social media and in other ways," Clinton said. Trump had demanded an apology after Clinton said Islamic State is using Trump's rhetoric to enlist fighters to radical jihad during Saturday (December 19) night's Democratic debate. Trump's call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States following a Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people has drawn widespread criticism from Republican rivals as well as Democrats like Clinton.