When is the last time in American politics that a presidential candidate was used in terrorist propaganda? Donald Trump demanded Hillary Clinton apologize when she said ISIS was using propaganda featuring the GOP frontrunner in their recruitment videos. Multiple fact-checkers deemed Clinton’s assertion as false, because there was no evidence that ISIS recruiters were using such videos.
There is, however, another terrorist organization using Trump’s rhetoric in their videos. Al-Shabaab, a Somali al-Qaeda-linked militant group, featured Trump’s comments that the United States should ban Muslims from entering the country in their nearly hour long video targeted towards American Muslims. Not only does the video cite Trump’s Islamophobia and xenophobia as a crux for converting, but also references the U.S.’s tendency to shoot and kill unarmed black youth. al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who has since been killed in a drone strike (thanks, Obama), called on America’s black youth to convert because of the racial tensions fueled by unarmed shootings:
The West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens. Slowly but surely, your situation is becoming similar to that of the embattled Muslim community of Spain after the fall of Granada.
So the two things Republicans seem to like nowadays – Donald Trump and allowing the police to get off on murder – is fueling Muslim extremist propaganda. But Republicans will somehow blame this on Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
This isn’t the first time Trump’s rhetoric has caused violent extremism to prevail. Ever since his comments regarding Muslims – banning them and making them wear special ID badges – anti Muslim hate crimes have skyrocketed across the country, and shock waves of Xenophobia towards Mexican immigrants and Syrians have reached boiling points. And now his rhetoric is literally being used in terrorist recruitment videos.
So Hillary Clinton was right. Sure, it wasn’t ISIS, but the point she was trying to make was spot on: Donald Trump’s rhetoric and vision for America is so extreme that it’s allowing terrorists to turn our own citizen’s against us. She said Trump’s rhetoric was dangerous after the shooting in Charleston, nobody listened. She said Trump’s comments inspired terrorist recruitment videos – albeit the wrong terrorist group – and now people are listening.
Beware of Trump. He’s inspiring terrorism.
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