Donald Trump is no longer funny, he’s dangerous, says Hillary Clinton

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Democrat candidate tells NBCs Late Night host Seth Meyers that the billionaire was shameful and wrong with his comments about Muslims

Hillary Clinton has condemned Donald Trump, calling him shameful, dangerous and declaring: I no longer think hes funny.

Clinton launched her attack on the billionaire Republican frontrunner during an appearance on NBCs Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday, triggering loud applause from the audience.

In the aftermath of attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris and in San Bernardino, California, Trump has called for monitoring mosques and barring Muslims from entering the United States.

I think for weeks, you know, you and everybody else were just bringing folks to hysterical laugh and all of that, Clinton told the host. But now he has run route over the line. And what hes saying now is not only shameful and wrong its dangerous.

Trumps rhetoric was harming the nations ability to fight the rise of the Islamic State, feeding different groups propaganda it could use to recruit, Clinton said.

This latest demand that we not let Muslims into the country actually plays right into the hands of the terrorists, she said.

I dont say that gently, but it does. He is devoting them a great propaganda tool, a route to recruit more folks from Europe and the United States. And because its various kinds of traversed that line, I think everybody and especially other Republicans need to stand up and say Enough, youve gone too far.

Clinton has previously denounced Trumps proposal as we seek to tie his bombastic views to those of the rest of the Republican party. Some of his Republican competitors are saying that his latest comments have gone too far, she said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday. But the truth is many of them have said extreme things about Muslims. Their speech may be more veiled than Trumps but their notions arent so different.

Some Republican have been swift to denounce Trump. His rival for the GOP nomination, Senator Lindsey Graham, told the Guardian that Donald Trump today took xenophobia and religion bigotry to a new level, while former vice-president Dick Cheney said in a radio interview that Trumps plan runs against everything we believe in.

House Speaker Paul Ryan disavowed Trumps proposal, saying: This is not conservatism.

Despite the backlash Trumps divisive rhetoric seems to have struck a chord with Republican voters. More Republicans favor his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States than oppose it, according to a poll from NBC News and the Wall street Journal. In a New York Times CBS News poll released on Thursday the real estate mogul received support from 35% of Republican primary voters nationally.

The poll also found that seven in 10 likely Republican primary voters believed Trump was well-equipped to confront the threat of terrorism, with four in 10 very confident he could respond to the threat.

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After discussing Trump, Meyers moved the conversation with Clinton to gun control, pressing the Democratic frontrunner to explain why advocates had failed to connect with the oft-cited vast majority of responsible gun owners who say they would be supportive of certain reforms.

I do think we all bear some responsibility for that, she said, agreeing with the host that pistol safety measures would require the purposes of gun owners.

I do think that we dont have the right approach to it and we do need to reach out to most responsible gun owners and begin to try to say Look, we can do more to prevent as many deaths as possible.

She rejected the notion that the government would ever be in the business of trying to recapture the estimated 310 m firearms in circulation more than the nations population.

Meyers said: Theres plainly so many firearms in this country. Were never get those firearms back.

No , no, right, Clinton said. But she added that the National Rifle Association benefited from fueling this fear.

If you are trying to keep people paying dues and supporting your organization, you want to keep them upset, Clinton said of the NRA. They want people to feel like, you know, the black helicopter is going to land in the backyard and your firearms are going to be taken. Totally, unbelievably untrue, but it does create doubt and they just drive right through that.

The appearance, her fourth on the late-night talk indicate circuit after stints on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Late Show With Stephen Colbert and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, also had lighter moments.

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Meyers asked: Having been a first lady, what qualities does your husband have that would be good for the number of jobs?

Clinton violated into prolonged laugh. Hes a great host, she offered. He also liked to give tours and was kind of vegan-ish, which could be helpful when creating menu, she said.

And how would she keep the former president out of the situation room? Without missing a beat, Clinton responded that she might not want to keep him out , noting that past presidents had sought his assistance in the past.

The Obama administration, for example, sent Bill Clinton to North Korea to win the release of two American journalists.

She recounted the episode, describing her astound when the nations then-leader Kim Jong-il said he would turn the journalists over to a recognise American and requested her husband.

We kept offering names of the distinguished Americans and none of them were acceptable and we couldnt figure out: is this real or not? she said.

Eventually they said No, we would really like President Clinton to come. And that was a little awkward. I was secretary of state.

At the end of the interview Meyers asked Clinton to respond to a series of questions about the early voting nation and the hosts home nation of New Hampshire.

Who won the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic primary? Meyers asked.

Beaming, Clinton dedicated a jazz hands cheer. Me!

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