On Saturday at the Democratic presidential debates, Hillary Clinton said that videos of Donald Trump's anti-Muslim comments are being used for recruit by organizations like ISIS.
Hillary Clinton said that videos of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim comments are being used for recruitment by organizations like ISIS on Saturday at the Democratic presidential debates. Clinton said:
“We need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don’t fall on receptive ears. He 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.”
Trump has recently unleashed a barrage of anti-Islamic rhetoric, including his recent call to ban Muslims from coming to the United States. Trump has said that there is a “Muslim problem.” His inability to differentiate the religion itself and its 1.7 billion followers and terrorist groups has unleashed both anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and as Clinton stated, recruitment tools for terrorists abroad. Experts agree with Clinton. Rita Katz, with the SITE Intelligence group, said:
“They love him from the sense that he is supporting their rhetoric. They follow everything Donald Trump says. When he says, ‘No Muslims should be allowed in America,’ they tell people, ‘We told you America hates Muslims and here is proof.’”
Another expert, David Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, said Trump’s comments:
“…Undermine efforts to drain the swamp of support for radical Islamists by stoking rage that inspires jihad against the West. Trump’s incendiary anti-Muslim comments will surely be used by ISIS social media to demonize the United States and attract recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria. His comments may also stir debate in countries with large Muslim populations about joining a U.S.-led drive against ISIS.”
Both Democrats and some Republicans have admonished Trump for his hate speech. Since his rhetoric about Muslims, there have been at least 19 reported anti-Muslim hate crime incidents around the country.
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