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The New York Times published an editorial on Tuesday about the various responses presidential candidates had to President Barack Obama’s speech on defeating ISIS.
The editorial, titled “Bizarre Responses to a Plea for Reason,” criticized Donald Trump for his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “Donald Trump, a bigot without foreign policy experience, showed that there is nothing he won’t say or support to sow hatred,” the editorial board wrote.
The piece pointed out that Obama said success “won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving into fear,” because that is what ISIS wants. The editorial board wrote, “If that’s true, ISIS must have been cheered by the presidential field, most of whom did their best to talk tough and stoke fear without advancing any workable ideas.”
Curating responses from Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, as well as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the NYT editorial board said “the candidates’ talk offers next to nothing.” They added that in the case of Trump, his talk offers “something far worse.”
The article comes on the heels of the editorial board’s Page One article about gun control. “End the Gun Epidemic” was the first front-page editorial to run in the newspaper since 1920.
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