In a press conference from White Plains, New York this morning, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton invoked the definition of treason in reference to Donald Trump.
Clinton held this conference to discuss the recent bombing in New York City, which occurred on Saturday night and resulted in 29 injuries but no fatalities. The former Secretary of State said that her opponent’s comments about Muslims have been used in ISIS propaganda videos and that he is helping their cause. She then cited Matt Olson, former head of the National Counter-terrorism Center who has said that ISIS is rooting for Trump to win.
“We also know from the former head of our counter-terrorism center Matt Olson that the kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries,” Clinton said.
The phrase “giving aid and comfort” is notable here because it is how the United States Constitution defines treason. Section three of the Constitution reads, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Clinton argued on Monday that waging war on an entire religion plays into ISIS’ hands, helping them to recruit more fighters to their cause. Instead, Clinton argues the war against terrorism should not be made into a religious conflict.