Hillary Clinton recently slammed GOP front-runner Donald Trump for his rhetoric regarding Muslims in America, and called on U.S. citizens to reject him and his campaign.
In an interview on MSNBC’s "Hardball" Jan. 5, Clinton did not mention Trump by name but did reference several controversies surrounding the real estate mogul and his comments on the campaign trail.
“We should not reward people who use inflammatory rhetoric, who use the kind of derogatory comments, whether it's about Muslims, or Mexicans, or women, or people with disabilities, whoever it might be,” she said, according to The Hill.
“That is not a sign of leadership," she added. "That's a sign of, you know, showmanship, of desperation, that should be rejected roundly by the American people.”
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Clinton was especially critical of Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“I believe ISIS cannot be contained, it has to be defeated," the former Secretary of State said.
“But in order to do that, we need to work within our own country, with Muslim Americans, so that what I'm hearing from the other side is not only offensive and shameful, it's dangerous, counter-productive," she added.
Clinton also addressed Trump’s recent criticism of her husband, former president Bill Clinton, for his past infidelities and sex scandals — dismissing Trump and shifting the focus towards the issue of prescription drug pricing.
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“He can say whatever he wants to say,” Clinton said of Trump’s comments. “I'm going to keep talking about what people talk to me about, and what they talk to me about is what are we going to do about prescription drug pricing."
“These are real things that people talk to me about, and I'm going to be a President who does the big stuff that gets in the headlines that, you know, you and other analysts and reporters talk about,” she added. “And I'm going to do the stuff that keeps people awake at night. Like, you know, making sure they can afford their prescription drugs.”