Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton feeling the heat in polls with Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders giving her a run for her money decided to stir up some controversy. Clinton equated Republicans’ positions on women’s issues to those of terrorists groups on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 during a rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Clinton specifically went after the GOP on “abortion and women’s healthcare programs funding. Republicans are calling for Clinton to apologize.
Clinton specifically attacked some of the GOP’s major contenders including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich calling them “dead wrong for 21st century America.” In comparison, Clinton said her campaign is about “going forward, we are not going back.”
Clinton made the comparison saying, “Extreme views about women, we expect them from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. It’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States, but they espouse out-of-date and out-of-touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America.”
Clinton went after Rubio because he believes abortions should not be allowed even when it is pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Clinton went after Bush for calling for defunding Planned Parenthood after videos surfaced of officials discussing using fetal tissues. Clinton attacked Kasich for “limiting funding for rape crisis centers that refer patients to abortion providers.”
Clinton said about them, “I would like these Republican candidates to look a mom in the eye who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening for cancer, or a teenager who didn’t get pregnant because she had access to contraception. Or anyone who has ever been protected by an HIV test.”
Republicans are not letting Clinton get away with her remarks. RNC national press secretary Allison Moore attacked Clinton, essentially calling her desperate, saying, “For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign. She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”
Individually, the candidates responded either personally or through their campaign. The Kasich campaign released a statement calling Clinton’s comments “misleading attacks” and defended Kasich’s record, saying he “provided the first-ever state funding stream for rape crisis centers.” The Kasich camp also called Clinton desperate saying, “Hillary Clinton’s trail of scandal is decades long, and only continues to worsen. That Clinton is already gunning for Governor Kasich is a testament to the strength of his record in Ohio.”
Meanwhile, Bush tweeted his response to Clinton’s comments writing, “@HillaryClinton compares pro-life Americans to terrorists, but defends despicable PP treatment of unborn? Her priorities are totally wrong.”
Maybe, the Republicans are right; Clinton’s email scandal has taken over her campaign destroying the American voters’ trust and support of Clinton. Clinton’s poll numbers have tanked, the latest Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday, Aug. 27 shows she only has 45 percent support. Additionally, 61 percent of voters say she “lacks honesty and trustworthiness,” and only 34 percent think she is honest and trustworthy with a majority believing she is a liar. The numbers reflect American voters’ opinion of Clinton’s ongoing scandal. Clinton still however, beats all her Republican rivals in general match ups.