Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has reacted to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida that has left more than 50 people dead and another 53 people injured.
Clinton reacted personally on Twitter to news of the shooting both in English, signing “-H,” and in Spanish:
She then posted a full statement on her Facebook page:
While it’s too soon to tell how the attack will impact the presidential race in November, there is no doubt that the issue of national security will play an important role in how the candidates appeal to voters. In the aftermath of the San Bernardino, Paris, and Brussels attacks Clinton was able to remind voters of her foreign policy experience and vision for fighting extremism. The same may prove to be true in the wake of the Pulse nightclub attacks.
What is certain is that Clinton and Trump have very different views on the issues of immigration and torture in relation to issues of terrorism. While Trump’s reaction emphasized stronger restrictions on Muslims both entering and within the US, Clinton expressed opposing views on the issues of Muslim immigration and torture:
At 2:00 she states that closing borders was “unrealistic” and “not in anybody’s interest.” Later, at 5:57 she states in regard to waterboarding that “our country’s most experienced and bravest military leaders will tell you that torture is not effective. It does put our own soldier’s and, increasingly, our civilians at risk.”