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Clinton warns against giving in to 'panic and fear' after Brussels

By Eric DuVall   |   March 25, 2016 at 2:28 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton focused on national security on Thursday, saying in a speech in California that Americans cannot "give in to panic and fear" after the attacks in Brussels.

At a roundtable, discussion on national security two days after the terrorist attack in Brussels thrust national security back to the forefront of the presidential campaign, Clinton said Americans should not give in to fear.

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"We cannot allow our nation to be pitting groups of people against one another," Clinton said, while on the campus of the University of Southern California. "We cannot give in to panic and fear. That's not in keeping with our values. It's not effective in protecting us and it plays into the hands of terrorists who want nothing more than to intimidate and terrorize people, turn [us] against each other, which leads to radicalizing more people and creating even more problems for us."

The event included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garectti, who introduced Clinton as "in my opinion, the next president of the United States."

The event came a day after Clinton appeared at another prestigious California school, Stanford, where she also spoke about national security.

The events were added to a campaign schedule that previously included several fundraisers with A-list movie stars and musicians. A fundraising event in a posh LA nightclub later Thursday included performances by Mary J. Blige, Ben Harper and Estelle.

Clinton rounded out the trip with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she performed a comedy skit "Man-splaining" where Kimmel prompted her to give a campaign speech interrupted with the impossible criticisms men would have of a woman running for office.

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