Ahead of November’s presidential election, the AARP has provided on its website a voter guide featuring responses by both major candidates to a range of issue-based questions.
One inquiry that resulted in stark policy differences between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump dealt with their respective plans to deal with terrorism.
While Clinton paid lip service to what she called a “comprehensive plan” to target terror groups operating around the world and recruiting online, her answer soon morphed into her effort to address “violence broadly,” notably by making it harder for Americans to exercise their Second Amendment right.
“It’s also why I’ve advocated gun-safety reform,” Clinton said, “like comprehensive background checks, closing the gun-show loophole, closing the online loophole — because, you know, it’s not only terrorists we need to be worried about.”
In contrast, Trump offered an answer that, whatever one might think of his policy proposals, actually addressed the issue at hand.
“The only way to truly defeat Islamic terrorism is to call it by its name and identify it as a military and ideological foe,” he asserted.
The brash billionaire’s plan, he continued, includes a domestic focus on increased vetting of potential foreign visitors and a refusal to admit refugees and others “from regions of the world where proper vetting cannot occur and which are at a high risk for terrorism.”
He also advocated the use of “overwhelming force” to cut down terror organization operating around the world.