- The Washington Times
Monday, July 18, 2016

CLEVELAND — House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said on Monday that when Hillary Clinton acted — or didn’t act — the United States’ enemies took notice, while in contrast, Donald Trump will “shake the ground” terrorists walk on.

“When Hillary stopped talking about the war on terror’ our enemies noticed,” said Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican. “When she helped withdraw our forces from Iraq, creating a power vacuum, she paved the way for ISIS to rear its ugly head — and our enemies noticed.”

“When four Americans were murdered and Benghazi burned — burned — she blamed it on a video, and our enemies noticed,” he said.

“And when she stood on the sidelines while terror hotspots erupted across the globe, our enemies noticed,” he said.

Mr. McCaul was one of a host of speakers to address the crowd on the opening night of the Republican National Convention, when the theme was “Make America Safe Again,” with other speakers talking about the issues of national security, immigration, and veterans.

“We cannot afford Hillary in the White House again,” Mr. McCaul said. “We need someone who can repair the damage she has done, take the fight to the enemy, and put America first.”

Donald will never apologize for American greatness — he will promote it,” Mr. McCaul said. “He will never bow down to our enemies — he will stand up to them.”

“And Donald will never allow terrorists to gain ground against America — he will shake the ground they walk on,” he said.

Mr. McCaul recounted how his father was a bombardier in World War II and participated in the D-Day invasion, and said the “greatest” generation defeated fascism and communism.

“Now, we are in a struggle against the forces of radical Islam and terror, which must be defeated for our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “A Trump administration will take on this fight and send a clear message to the Islamist terrorists: you may have fired the first shot, but rest assured, America will fire the last.”

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