While campaigning in Ohio Thursday, Hillary Clinton seemed to compare Republican presidential candidates’ “extreme views” on women to those held by “terrorist groups.”
Clinton has long attacked Republicans on women’s issues, but her language Thursday is already coming under fire from Republicans.
Speaking to supporters in Cleveland about GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Clinton said she wished Republicans would listen to women who have been helped by the health care organization.
“Extreme views about women – we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States. Yet they expose of out of date and out of touch policies,” Clinton said to cheers.
Republicans were quick to fire back and demand an apology.
“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,” said Republican National Committee Press Secretary Allison Moore.
But Clinton’s campaign made it clear the former secretary of state has no plans to apologize and accused the GOP of “twisting” Clinton’s words. “Instead of trying to manufacture outrage by twisting Hillary Clinton’s words, Republican presidential candidates should stop pushing extreme policies that would limit women’s reproductive health care choices,” said spokesperson Christina Reynolds.