Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton criticized Republican rival Donald Trump during a town hall meeting appearance at Drake University, Iowa, on Jan. 25.
Her appearance came a week ahead of the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1, the first primary in the 2016 election cycle.
The former secretary of state distanced herself from Trump’s position on immigration.
“He’s cast a wide net. He started with Mexicans. He’s currently on Muslims,” Clinton said, Daily Mail reported.
“I find it particularly harmful the way he has talked about Muslims. It’s not only shameful and offensive, which it is, I think it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous in several ways.”
She argued that foreign policy was one area which would suffer because of Trump’s “Islamophobic” statements.
“We need a coalition that includes Muslim nations to defeat ISIS, and it's pretty hard to figure out how you're going to make a coalition with the very nations you need if you spend your time insulting their religion,” Clinton told her audience.
Clinton's two rivals for the Democratic nomination, Sen.Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, also made appearances at Drake University that day.
Sanders is her main challenger. Although Clinton received backing from several national trade union heads, Sanders has been gaining ground among unions in Iowa, reported The Guardian.
“I’m going to caucus for Bernie,” said Steve Vonk, president of a local chapter of the United Steelworkers, at a meeting addressed by Sanders in Des Moines, the Guardian reported. “I can’t remember in my lifetime a public servant who truly cares as much about the poor, the middle class, working men and women as Bernie Sanders.”
Clinton has criticized Sanders for his lack of experience, arguing she would be better equipped to deal with the major issues that could arise for a president.
Sanders has hit back by citing Clinton’s 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq war as an example of how her experience does not necessarily mean she will make the right call.
Clinton’s campaign received a boost when President Barack Obama commented favorably on her track record, reports Daily Mail.
“She's extraordinarily experienced -- and, you know, wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out,” Obama told Politico, according to Daily Mail.