It now seems that in addition to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, President-elect Donald Trump has some new fans.
Back when Trump was on the campaign trail, he fired up his xenophobic supporters with incendiary rhetoric aimed at Muslims, among other minorities.
However, Trump’s most memorable attack against Muslims came in the guise of an official statement in November 2015.
BREAKING: Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States pic.twitter.com/FJxRSrVE92
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) December 7, 2015
Following Trump’s call for a Muslim ban, numerous security and foreign affairs experts, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speculated that Trump’s hostile rhetoric toward Muslims could be used by terrorist groups as a recruitment tool.
And in May of 2016, an al-Qaeda affiliate did indeed use Trump’s words in a recruitment video. From Politifact:
“Al Shabaab, the East African affiliate of the al-Qaida terrorist group, released a 51-minute video telling ‘Muslims of the West’ that they are not welcome in countries like the United States. Ten minutes into the video, it says the United States has a history of ‘slavery, segregation, lynching, and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.’
It then cuts to Trump calling for a temporary but ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S,’ according to SITE Intelligence Group, which studies jihadist propaganda, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. It urges American Muslims to leave the United States and join the group.”
On Tuesday, an ISIS commander in Afghanistan released a statement about Trump’s election win and what it will mean for his group’s recruitment efforts.
“’His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands,’ Khorasani continued.”
For a commander who oversees some of the most inhumane and brutal methods of torture and execution on a daily basis to call the soon-to-be President of the United States a “complete maniac” is saying something.
It’s just too bad over 59 million Americans chose not to listen to the warnings before it was too late.
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