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Clinton criticizes Trump for rushing to call NYC explosion ‘bomb’

Hillary Clinton speaking to reporters Saturday night.

Hillary Clinton speaking to reporters Saturday night.

(Andrew Harnik/AP)


Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10:19 AM

Hillary Clinton judged Donald Trump’s rush to judgment Saturday night after an explosion in New York City — saying it would have been “wiser to wait” before babbling.

“I think it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this,” Clinton told reporters on her charter plane when asked about Trump’s jump to conclusions.

“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.”

An explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday injured 29 people, one critically. Authorities found a pressure cooker, with wires and a cell phone attached to it, four blocks away.

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About half an hour after the explosion, Trump stepped off his private jet in Colorado Springs and told supporters “a bomb went off in New York.”

“Nobody knows exactly what’s going on, but boy, we are living in a time,” the Republican presidential nominee said.

“We better get very tough, folks.”

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An explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood injured 29 people.

(James Keivom/New York Daily News)

Trump stood alone in declaring so soon there was a bombing. Authorities have yet to determine the exact cause or motive of the Chelsea blast. New York City Mayor de Blasio called the explosion “an intentional act” but said there was “no evidence” of terrorism ties.

Clinton, however, appeared to lump the New York explosion with a bombing that happened earlier in the day in New Jersey. Pipe bombs blew up in a garbage can in Seaside Park, causing no injuries but leading to the cancellation of a nearby Marine Corps charity run.

Clinton told reporters she had been briefed “about the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota” — referring to a stabbing in a St. Cloud mall that left the attacker dead and several people injured.

But Clinton held off on saying if she thought the chaos was coordinated.

“I don’t think we know and I think it would not be appropriate to speculate until we do know,” the Democratic nominee told reporters.

“Let’s try to figure out as much as we can by having the experts, professionals, go through this try to determine what you have to in order to trace it back and then see who’s behind it.”

Donald Trump in Colorado Springs, where he immediately called the explosion a "bomb."

Donald Trump in Colorado Springs, where he immediately called the explosion a “bomb.”

(Evan Vucci/AP)

Authorities have found no evidence linking the three incidents.

Trump has made of habit of sizing up violent incidents before the facts come in. He has even commended himself for it.

When an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed in May, killing all 66 people on board, Trump tweeted: “Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!”

The crash was never officially deemed a terror attack, and its cause remains under investigation.

The next month, a lone wolf, ISIS-loving gunman murdered 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Trump tweeted that day, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

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