On Saturday morning a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Later that day another bomb exploded injuring 29 people in Chelsea, Manhattan. Ahmed Khan Rahami has now been taken into custody in regards to the bombings.
Also on Saturday in Minnesota, a man stabbed nine people at a mall and he was then shot by an off-duty police officer. The man responsible has now been identified as Dahir A. Adan. The two presidential candidates took different approaches in response to the attacks, largely in line with their previously set precedents.
Clinton took a more measured response to news of the bomb in Manhattan, preferring to wait for more information to become available. On Sunday morning after the attack she stated:
I think it’s also wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened. - Hillary Clinton
On Monday morning Clinton held a press conference to address the events that had occurred over the weekend. She stressed her experience in dealing with situations like this, and how she had worked with President Obama to deal with terrorists. She also took the opportunity to criticize what Trump has said regarding Muslims stating:
We are going to have to go after the bad guys and we are going to get them, but we are not going to go after an entire religion and give ISIS exactly what it is wanting. - Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump was quick to respond upon news of the attack in New York, within 30 minutes of the blast occurring. He did not hesitate to say that a bomb had went off prior to any public announcement by the New York Police Department, or any other agency, of what had occurred. On Saturday night at a campaign rally in Colorado after the explosion he said:
Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on. - Donald Trump
On Monday, Donald Trump was on Fox News for an interview and discussed the events of the weekend. In regards to the attacks he suggested that the profiling of Muslims would be a necessary action to combat terrorism. He also praised the tactics used in Israel, and the ways in which they profile suspects.
Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of, uh, profiling. And they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things. - Donald Trump