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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with members of the media at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Clinton is urging Americans not to demonize Muslims in the wake of this weekend's attacks


Clinton is urging Americans not to demonize Muslims in the wake of this weekend's attacks

WATCH  | Clinton says Americans should not be "distracted" by anti-Muslim, anti-refugee sentiments

Hillary Clinton is urging Americans not to demonize "law-abiding, peaceful Muslim Americans" in the wake of explosions in three U.S. cities and a mass stabbing attack at a Minnesota mall.

The incidents -- all of which are being investigated as terrorism -- are indicative of "challenges" the United States still faces when dealing with lone-wolf attacks, Clinton said at a press conference on Tuesday.

But Americans should also be careful not to equate the attacks with Islam itself, Clinton said.

'Law-abiding, peaceful Muslims'

"There are millions and millions of naturalized citizens in America from all over the world," Clinton said.  

"This is the kind of challenge that law enforcement can be and is prepared to address, namely, going after anyone who would threaten the United States."

Clinton also called out her opponent in the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump, for saying on Monday that law enforcement should be allowed to racially profile Muslims  in order to investigate terrorist threats.

This is a serious challenge. We are well-equipped to meet it.
Hillary Clinton

Clinton calls out Trump

"Let's not get diverted or distracted by the kind of campaign rhetoric we hear coming from the other side," Clinton said. 

"This is a serious challenge. We are well-equipped to meet it. And we can do so in keeping with smart law enforcement, good intelligence, and in concert with our values."

The sentiment is one Clinton has expressed before.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was reportedly captured in Linden, N.J. in connection with two Saturday bombings -- one in New Jersey, and another in Manhattan.

Dahir A. Adan, 22, a recent Minnesota college student and Somali immigrant, has been identified as the Minnesota stabber.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for radicalizing Adan, but Rahami's connection to ISIS has not been confirmed.

Though both suspects identify as Muslim, Muslims across the world <b>have denounced ISIS' radical ideology</b> as not lining up with the Islamic religion.

Author Nathan Lean argues ISIS and Islam are not one in the same.

Trump hits back

Trump, for his part, swiftly issued a statement in response to Clinton's press conference on Monday, calling her attacks "disgusting."

"If Clinton really wants to find the real cause of ISIS, she needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in the statement.

"The decision to remove all American troops from Iraq in 2011, which was vigorously supported by Clinton, created the vacuum that led to the founding of ISIS."

Here's the Trump campaign's full statement.

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