Hillary Clinton: Divisive rhetoric on Muslims “offensive,” “dangerous”

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Source: CBS News

Hillary Clinton cautioned Thursday against “hot rhetoric” when it comes to the Muslim community, telling a roundtable in Los Angeles that it is “not in keeping with our values” and “plays into the hands of terrorists.”

“I think it’s important that we hear these voices, not just the hot rhetoric and the demagoguery that I think is either not useful or reflective of who we are as a people,” Clinton, the former secretary of state, told the group at the University of Southern California. “It is not only often offensive, but dangerous.”

She suggested that the danger in divisive rhetoric, particularly when it comes to Muslims and issues of terrorism, is that it helps accomplish the terrorists’ aims by giving in to fear and giving them fodder to use to radicalize others.

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