At the most recent Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton made waves by claiming ISIS featured Donald Trump in its recruitment kit. This statement piggybacked upon several instances of Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, but no one could prove Trump was used for ISIS recruitment purposes. However, Rick Santorum swiftly stepped up to take credit for being the only American politician who has been declared an enemy of ISIS. Santorum pointed towards an issue of Dabiq magazine, which aims to recruit Westerners for radicalist causes.
Trump may not have won the honor of appearing in ISIS propaganda, but now there’s evidence that he’s used as an Al Qaeda recruitment tool. In this ABC News clip, portions of an Al-Shabaab recruitment video appear. The late Anwar al-Awlaki (the radical U.S.-born cleric who was killed in Yemen during a 2011 U.S. airstrike) appears in the video, which was reportedly released on Friday.