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Clinton: ‘We Have to up Our Game’ Against ISIS

Hillary Clinton was careful not to insult President Barack Obama when addressing the question of ISIS on Sunday, but the Democratic presidential candidate made it clear that the United States had to do more against ISIS.

“What happened in San Bernardino was a terror attack,”said Clnton on ABC’s This Week. “No one is arguing that.”

“We have to up our game against terrorists abroad and at home,” she said.

The Hill reports:

She also argued that a push to fight ISIS, as well as the push to beef up gun control laws, are two complementary pieces of public safety in the U.S. She noted that before the California shooting, the last mass shooting in the U.S. was at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, and additional steps need to be taken to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

“We should be able to approach both of these with some sense of unity about how we prevent terrorist attacks, and how we prevent the wrong people from getting a hold of guns,” she said.

Clinton pushed back against people who would say the U.S. is at war with radical Islamists, saying that there are radicals in religions across the world, and the phrase is overbroad and works towards ISIS’s goals.

“It helps create this clash of civilizations,” she said. “ISIS uses this as a way of saying, ‘We are in a war against the West, you must join us. If you are a Muslim, you must join us.’”

She also noted that the private sector, particularly when it comes to technology, has a role to play in combating ISIS. With the group conducting outreach over social media — one of the California shooters reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook before the attack — those companies need to help stifle that recruitment, she said.

“We’re going to need help from Facebook, and from YouTube, and from Twitter,” she said. “They cannot permit the recruitment and actual direction of attacks, and the celebration of violence by this sophisticated Internet user.”

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