Presumptive US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has hit back at Donald Trump after he called for her to pull out of the White House race over her failure to condemn Islam and Muslims in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating both domestic and international connections to the mass shooting that left at least 50 people dead and 53 others injured on Sunday. The Daesh (ISIL,ISIS) terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
"I am not going to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion, that's just plain dangerous and it plays into ISIS's hand," Clinton said on NBC News on Monday morning.
"I think Trump, as usual, is obsessed with name calling," Clinton added.
"From my perspective, it matters what we do, not what we say. It matters that we got [Osama] bin Laden, not what name we called him, but if he is somehow suggesting, I don't call this for what it is, he hasn't been listening,” she stated.
Clinton said terrorists are using the name of Islam “to justify slaughtering innocent people."
"We have to stop them and we will. We have to defeat radical Jihadist [Takfiri] terrorism and we will," she added.
Hours after the deadly shooting in Orlando, Trump called on US President Barack Obama to “immediately” resign from office and suggested Clinton should suspend her White House bid over the issue.
"If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the Presidency,” Trump said in a statement on Sunday.
Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the United States while campaigning in primary season.
The New York real-estate mogul also called for a database to track Muslims across the United States, and he has also said that the US would have "absolutely no choice" but to close down mosques.
On Sunday, the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the Orlando nightclub mass shooting, and called for unity among all Americans and warned politicians against exploiting the tragedy to score points.
“This is a hate crime, plain and simple. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms. It violates our principles as Americans and as Muslims,” Nihad Awad, CAIR's National Executive Director, said on Sunday.
Awad insisted that Daesh is an outlawed group which doesn’t represent Muslims.
"You do not speak for us. You do not represent us. You are an aberration, you are an outlaw ... they don't speak for our faith. They never belonged to this beautiful faith," he said.