Trump and Clinton on how to curb Islamophobia

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"I mean, whether we like it or not, and we can be very politically correct," said Trump. "But whether we like it or not, there is a problem." (ABC)

Both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responded on how they will curb Islamophobia at the second presidential debate on Sunday, October 9.

"There are 3.3 million Muslims in the United States, and I'm one of them," said a member of the audience. "You've mentioned working with Muslim nations, but with Islamophobia on the rise, how will you help people like me deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country after the election is over."

"Well you're right about Islamophobia and that's a shame," Trump began. "But one thing we have to do is we have to make sure that, because there is a problem. I mean, whether we like it or not, and we can be very politically correct. But whether we like it or not, there is a problem. And we have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on, when they see hatred going on, they have to report it."

Trump referenced several acts of recent domestic terrorism, including the San Bernardino and Orlando shooting before concluding that neither President Obama or Secretary Clinton will not be able to defeat terrorism without labeling it as "radical Islamic terror."

In regards to Trump's proposal to ban Muslims entering the U.S., he said it has "morphed into an extreme vetting from certain areas of the world."

In Clinton's response she said she heard this question before from many Muslim Americans.

"Unfortunately, there has been a lot of very divisive, dark things said about Muslims," said Clinton. "Even someone like Captain Khan, the young man who sacrificed himself defending our country in the united states army has been subject to attack by Donald."

Clinton went on to claim that Muslim Americans have been in American "since George Washington," and referenced many successful Muslim Americans.

"We just lost a particularly well-known one with Muhammad Ali," said Clinton. "My vision of America is an America where everyone has a place if you are willing to work hard and do your part and you contribute to the community. That's what America is. That's what we want America to be for our children and our grandchildren."

Clinton went on to denounce a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as Trump had previously called for.
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