Hillary Clinton Called Out for Hypocrisy on Islamophobia
Eleven advocacy organizations on Thursday accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of sending “mixed messages” on Islamophobia by denouncing fellow 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, yet retaining retired general Wesley Clark as a campaign surrogate—despite his previous call to intern some Muslim-Americans.
Clark, a longtime ally to Clinton, recently spoke in Iowa on her behalf for Veteran’s Day.
This is the same retired general who, in a July interview with MSNBC, called for “disloyal Americans” to be placed in internment camps in the style of the World War II era.
“If these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine,” Clark said. “It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict.”
Clark added: “[I]f someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.”
Thursday’s letter argues that Clark’s campaign role raises questions about Clinton’s sincerity in denouncing Trump’s plan to ban Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the country. Echoing Clark, Trump defended his proposal by comparing it to President Franklin Roosevelt’s decision to intern Japanese Americans during World War II.
“At a time when American Muslims are facing a surge in violent hate crimes, we are asking you to hold your own campaign accountable,” states the open letter, which is signed by CREDO Action, ColorOfChange.org, MPower Change, Emerge USA, Bend the Arc, Demand Progress, American Family Voices, We Act Radio, Presente.org, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, and the Muslim American Society of Boston.
“We are not aware of any statement from your campaign condemning Gen. Clark’s frightening remarks,” the letter continues. “Please immediately remove Gen. Clark from his role in your campaign, and promise to do the same with any campaign surrogates aiding and abetting the dangerous anti-Muslim mob mentality fostered by your opponents.”
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