The mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., elevated an issue that Republican Donald Trump has been stressing throughout his presidential campaign: the threat posed by jihadists bent on killing Americans at home.
Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, on Sunday emphasized other dynamics. She said the U.S. must work with “allies and partners” to foil terrorists. She also made note of the gay and lesbian targets of the killings, denouncing “an act of hate” against a community that is part of the political coalition she hopes will help her defeat Mr. Trump.
“We will keep fighting for your right to live free, openly and without fear,” she said.
With images from Orlando blanketing TV screens, Mr. Trump stressed in a series of tweets that the attack came from an Islamic extremist and suggested conventional Democratic policies backed by President Barack Obama and Mrs. Clinton are inadequate to the task of wiping out terrorism.
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance,” he wrote in one.
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