By Bonnie K. Goodman
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is blaming President Barack Obama and his opponent Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the two recent terror bombings that rocked New York and New Jersey this past weekend. Trump hammered at Obama’s policies and Clinton’s lack of leadership, claiming they would cause more terror attempts. Trump made these comments Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, during an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” and then later at his rally that afternoon in Fort Myers, Florida.
Speaking in the morning on “Fox & Friends,” The GOP nominee warned, “I think this is something that will maybe get — will happen perhaps more and more all over the country. It’s a mess, and it’s a shame, and we’re going to have to be very tough.”
Trump believes it’s a result of lax immigration policies. The nominee commented, “I think there is — I think there’s many foreign connections.” Continuing Trump said, “You have many, many groups because we’re allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people.”
Trump blames Obama and Clinton for terror attacks on the nation, partly because of their open door immigration policies. Trump said, “Because we’ve been weak. Our country’s been weak. We’re letting people in by the thousands and tens of thousands. I’ve been saying you’ve got to stop it.” The GOP nominee especially panned Obama plan to let in an additional 110,000 Syrian refugees in the upcoming year, and that Clinton wants to admit more than that into the country. Trump criticized, “Hillary wants to increase what he’s let in, and he’s let in thousands and thousands of people.”
The biggest problem is that these immigrants cannot be “vetted” to determine terror sympathies and ties. Trump says, “They don’t know. They can’t be properly vetted. There’s no way.” Commenting on Obama, Trump said, “He let in over 100,000 additional people, and now Hilary Clinton is raising it by 550 percent, and this has been going on for a long time, thousands of people are pouring into our country, we have no idea what we’re doing.” The GOP nominee concluded the policies show that Obama and Clinton are stupid, “Our leaders are – I don’t even say weak – I say stupid.”
Trump continued addressing the issue later in the day at his first rally since the attacks over the weekend. Speaking in Florida Trump brought that Clinton is harsher on his supporters invoking “basket of deplorables” remark than she is on terrorists, saying, “Hillary Clinton talks tougher about my supporters than she does about radical Islamic terrorists.”
Continuing, the GOP nominee pointed out, Clinton never has such harsh words for terrorists and “Radical Islam” asking and then answering, “Has she ever talked that way about radical Islam? No.” Trump attacked Clinton for her mixed up priorities, “Are those words reserved only for hard-working Americans who truly love our country and they want to make a statement? One can be forgiven for getting the impression that these hardworking Americans are somehow a greater threat to our country than these Islamic extremists.”
Trump also reiterated his opinion on President Obama’s immigration policy, emphasizing, “immigration security is national security.” Still, the GOP nominee noted, “My opponent has the most open borders policy of anyone ever to seek the presidency.”
Trump is especially upset that naturalized citizens such as the New York and New Jersey suspected bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami that commit terrorist acts are given due process. Trump believes they should be treated as “foreign enemy combatants.” Continuing the GOP nominee suggested, “Congress should pass measures to ensure that foreign enemy combatants are treated as such. These are enemies. These are combatants, and we have to be tough, and we have to be strong.”
On Saturday, Sept. 17, homegrown terrorism hit New Jersey and New York City. First, there was a “garbage explosion at a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey” two other bombs exploded nearby but did not injure anyone. The second explosion occurred Saturday evening in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea. The bomb caused damage; it exploded and injured 29, other explosives including a pressure cooker were found in the area in a duffle bag, but the police found them before they detonated.
Surveillance captured the suspect, a fingerprint, and a cell phone identified him as naturalized US citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28. Rahami, recently traveled t o Afghanistan and Pakistan, claiming to immigration officials it was to visit family, it was not he was becoming radicalized. In 2014, his father reported him as a terrorist to the FBI, but they did not anything. Rahami sympathized with other lone terrorists in the US in a letter found with his bombs. He was found in Linden, New Jersey after a bar owner saw him sleeping near in the doorway of his establishment. After a shootout on Monday, police took Rahami into custody ending one terrorist threat on the loose.
Homegrown lone wolf terrorists are becoming a problem in the US. They are usually immigrants from Muslim countries, sometimes the children of immigrants, who radicalize and although mostly not associated with larger terror groups they bring their individualized brand of terrorism in small attacks on the country. The problem has grown exponentially with the rise of ISIS, the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria and President Obama’s administration. It is not surprising Trump blames Obama and Clinton, the Secretary of State during Obama’s first term, Democrats have shaped foreign policy for the last eight years and have not curbed terrorism, it has only grown, make a change, any change an improvement.
Clinton and Obama have criticized Trump’s rhetoric claiming his words are being used by ISIS for recruitment. On Monday, Clinton again accused, “I think it is important for voters to know and hear this and weigh it in making their choice in November. We know that a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular, ISIS. Because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam.”
Trump, however, sees Obama and Clinton’s policies as terrorist’s incentives, Clinton’s “attacks on me are all meant to deflect from her record of unleashing this monster of evil on us.” Mostly Trump blames their weak leadership for the increase in terrorist attacks, “Weakness invites aggression and silence in the face of a brutal enemy … allows them to spread and that’s what’s happening all over the world.” No matter what Clinton says, and attempts to deflect blames, she cannot distance herself from her legacy being Secretary of State during the period that ISIS grew into the monster that has unleashed and terrorized the world and that they do in the name of a radicalized version Islam.