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.
During the propaganda footage, al-Awlaki warns of anti-Muslim sentiments by Americans:
“Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching and Klu Klux Klan. And tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps. The West will eventually turn on its Muslim citizens.”
The video also shows Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.:
“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 hell is going on.”
Altogether, the recruitment video runs 51 minutes and illustrates several instances of “perceived institutionalized racism and religious segregation in the U.S.,” which radical Islam says it can crush (and the propaganda train now comes full circle).
(Via ABC News)