At a Democratic forum hosted by Fusion, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton resonds to a question about minorities concerned about police violence.
QUESTION: The danger of ISIS is clearly a major threat to American safety, but personally, I know many minorities who are much more concerned with racist attacks at the local level than radical Islamists, so just — question to put it plainly since often, issues of race are tiptoed, do you believe that white terrorism and extremism is as much a threat to some in this country as something like ISIS?
HILLARY CLINTON: You know, I think that, uh, we have all kinds of, uh, threats, uh, in our country and I wouldn’t discount any of them. I think we have to take them all seriously. And many of those threats are fueled by the gun violence we face every single day where 90 Americans are killed by guns — homicide, suicide, tragic avoidable accidents.
Uh, so one of the reasons why I’m so adamant and so much in support of President Obama’s uh, policies that he’s rolled out is I just think as a nation, we cannot sit idly by while 33,000 people a year die from gun violence.
I also believe that we have to take any form of violence and — particularly organized violence — seriously. Yes, so I believe there are all kinds of underground movements and efforts in our country to try to, uh, use violence or cer-, uh, certain beliefs that I, I find, uh, often lead to violence.
Let’s take some of the white extremism that we see... You know, I remember very well going to Oklahoma City and seeing the ruins of the federal building where, I recall, 168 Americans, including 19 children, were murdered by a bomb by a guy who hated the government.
That’s terrorism, as far as I’m concerned. I also think that when you have communities terrorized by gangs so that parents are afraid to send their kids out, afraid to send their kids out after school...
I think that when you have police violence, that terrorizes communities, that doesn’t show the respect that you’re supposeD to have protecting people in your authority that can also feel terrorizing.
There are so many kinds of potential violent acts and we have to go after all of them...
At some point we all have to stand against violence and do something to get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them no matter who they are.
The two candidates weighed in on the Dallas police massacre on social media Friday morning: