Hillary Clinton (AP/David Goldman)

Unlike GOP counterparts, Hillary Clinton refuses to speculate about who is responsible for Brussels attacks, sympathizes with victims of them instead

In the wake of comments by Trump and Cruz, Clinton reminds us what it's like when the adults talk about terror


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 22, 2016 6:29PM (UTC)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called into Today and spoke with Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer about the terror attacks in Brussels today.

She acknowledged that the attacks appeared to be coordinated, but unlike her Republican counterparts, refused to speculate as the motivations of those who carried them out.

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In fact, she went so far as to say that while they are "deeply distressing," it's "unrealistic to say we're going to completely shut down our borders to everyone -- that would stop commerce, for example, and that's not in anybody's interest."

"We've got to stand in solidarity with our European allies, who have stood with us," and reiterated the need to be able to track shipments of "powerful explosives" and other weapons that can be used in terrorist attacks.

Guthrie pushed Clinton, saying that "we don't know if ISIS is behind this, if ISIS just applauds it, or if ISIS just supports it, nonetheless we really all agree that ISIS is at the heart of this. If you were president today, what would you do to get at this root cause?"

A circumspect Clinton replied, "Savannah, you're right that we're not too sure yet [that ISIS was responsible], but it's also true that we're also confronted with the terrorist threat for quite some time, and this is the latest terrible manifestation of it. We've got to tighten our security," she added, but unlike her GOP counterparts, didn't propose turning away all Muslims who tried to enter the United States.

Listen to her entire statement below via NBC.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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