Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is inadvertently responsible for making Republican frontrunner Donald Trump the spokesman for terrorism recruitment. According to new reports released on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, a new recruitment video from terrorist group al-Shabaab includes a clip of Trump announcing his controversial plan to ban all Muslims entering the US. Clinton accused in the last Democratic debate on Dec. 19 that terrorist group had already been using Trump for their recruitment videos although there were no known videos until now, meaning Clinton is the one that gave terrorist groups the idea to use Trump’s words.
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia Al-Shabaab released a “51-minute propaganda video” where they included a clip of Trump announcing on Monday, Dec. 7, his controversial plan to ban Muslims from entering the US for travel and immigration as a national security precaution if he becomes president. The clip has Trump saying, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the [bleep] is going on.” The group removed Trump’s usage of the word hell. The Islamist militant organizational-Kataib Media Foundation distributed the video on Twitter on friday, Jan. 1.
Trump faced condemnation from Republicans, Democrats, President Barack Obama’s administration and world leaders for his proposal still he maintains he was right to announce it. In a tweet on Saturday, Jan. 2, Trump criticized Clinton attacking him on his plan, comparing it to Israel building a wall to keep Palestinians out of Israel, and Clinton’s own approval of that executed plan. Trump wrote, “Hillary Clinton said that it is O.K. to ban Muslims from Israel by building a WALL, but not O.K. to do so in U.S. We must be vigilant!”
After the Trump clip plays, a 2011 clip of American-born Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone attack in Yemen in 2011, plays in the video saying, “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.”
Clinton started the recent war with her chief Republican rival after declaring in the last Democratic primary debate that Trump “is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Clinton made the remark, but there had been no proof of any video, and Clinton provided no evidence to back up her assertion.
Trump accused Clinton of lying in his response on ABC’s “This Week” on Dec. 20, where he said, “Knowing the Clintons and knowing Hillary, she made it up.” Clinton Communications Director Jen Palmieri then clarified that Clinton was “not referring to a specific video, but [Trump] is being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda.” Essentially Clinton is responsible for giving the terrorist group the idea to use Trump’s remarks for their recruitment videos since there had not been any videos before she made her accusation at the Democratic debate.
The Clinton Campaign explanation incensed the GOP frontrunner, even more, Trump called Clinton a liar. At a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Dec. 21, Trump expressed, “She’s a liar!” Trump also called Clinton “crooked” and “not a president,” and taunted her about the general election. It was at that same rally that Trump attacked Clinton as a loser, saying she ‘got schlonged’ by Barack Obama in 2008 campaign and remarked it was too disgusting to talk about her extended bathroom break at the Democratic debate.
The backlash led to Trump’s recent attacks on husband and former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in response to Clinton accusing him of sexism. Most recently, Trump called the former president “one of the great abusers of the world.” For Clinton’s comments on Trump being used in terrorist recruitment videos, the GOP frontrunner demanded an apology to which the Clinton campaign responded with a big “Hell no.”