Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Monday that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, does not have the "mental and physical stamina" required to battle the Islamic State and, by extension, radical Islamic terror.
The remark closely mirrors recent rumblings in the conservative blogosphere about Clinton's health.
Trump also said that Clinton's track record while secretary of state shows that in "incident after incident" the Democratic nominee lacks the "judgment," "stability and moral character" to be president of the United States.
In a speech on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism in Youngstown, Ohio, before a crowd of invited guests, Trump sought once again to tie Clinton's perceived foreign policy failings to President Barack Obama's record. Trump criticized the president for his "apology tour" at the beginning of his tenure, in which he called the United States "arrogant" and "dismissive."
The Republican businessman also laid out his plan to take on ISIS and radical terror around the globe, using military, cyber and "financial" warfare, as well as "ideological warfare."
Trump doubled down on his plan to bar refugees from countries where terrorism has gained a foothold, arguing that there's no way to adequately screen potential refugees to determine whether they plan to commit terrorist acts within the U.S.
"In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel," Trump said, adding that Merkel’s lax refugee program has been a "disaster" for Germany in recent years.
Trump took aim at Clinton and Obama for not calling the threat "radical Islamic terrorism," saying, "Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country."
The U.S. cannot "let this evil continue," he said.
"Nor can we let the hateful ideology of Radical Islam — its oppression of women, gays, children and nonbelievers — be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries," Trump said. "We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before. ... But we will not defeat it with closed eyes or silenced voices."
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