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How the Candidates Are Responding to the Brussels Attacks

Terror struck Brussels this morning, with ISIS claiming responsibility for two attacks that ripped through the Belgian capital, leaving at least 34 dead and dozens wounded. There are a lot of questions in wake of the attacks and it’s too soon to speculate on much, but if you guessed the current bevy of U.S. presidential candidates would call for some mixture of solidarity and paranoia, you’ve clearly been paying attention to his election. Let’s take a look.

Hillary Clinton

On Good Morning America, Hillary Clinton spoke by phone, saying that the United States needs to “strengthen our resolve” against terrorism. She also responded to some of Donald Trump’s ideas about how to deal with terrorism. We’ll get to those ideas in due course.

Ted Cruz

Senator Cruz released a statement saying that “for years, the west has tried to deny [radical Islamic terrorism] exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear.” He called for an “immediate halt” to accepting immigrants from “countries with a significant al Quaida or ISIS presence.” Remarkably, not to be outdone by Trump’s calls to ban all Muslim immigrants, Cruz called for police to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.”


John Kasich

Ohio Governor John Kasich released a statement over Twitter, calling terrorism “an attack against our very way of life and against the democratic values upon which our political systems have been built.” He also said Americans must “redouble our efforts with our allies to identify, root out and destroy the perpetrators of such acts of evil.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump took to Twitter to remind everyone that behind every act of terror is an opportunity to vote for him.

He also called into Today to say nothing surprising: America needs stricter borders. “I’d be not allowing certain people into this country without absolute perfect documentation,” he told Today hosts. “We’re allowing thousands of people already, Matt, to come into our country.” He went on to call for more torture/enhanced interrogation techniques. “Waterboarding,” he posited. “If it was up to me, and if we change the laws, or have the laws, waterboarding would be fine.”

Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders released a statement over Twitter calling for the “international community” to “come together to destroy ISIS.”

Other Global Leaders

The current US President and other world leaders has also issued a series of responses. 

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama said from Havana, Cuba that “We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Canada stands by Belgium in this difficult time and has offered all possible assistance. We will continue to work closely with our allies and the international community to help fight and prevent terrorism here and abroad, and to bring to justice those who are responsible for planning and carrying out these senseless acts.”

Prime Minister Manuel Valls
French Prime Minister affirmed that France and Brussels stand together against terrorism.

Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his “shock and concern.”