Trump: Clinton ‘lied’ by calling him Islamic State’s ‘best recruiter’

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Islamic State killing of Christians a genocide. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Islamic State killing of Christians a genocide. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday that Democrat Hillary Clinton was a “liar” for claiming that his proposal to ban entry of all foreign Muslims into the United States has aided Islamic State’s propaganda efforts.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump said Clinton had no evidence to back up a charge she made during a debate on Saturday that the Republican frontrunner is becoming the extremist group’s “best recruiter.”

“She’s a liar and everybody knows that,” Trump said. “She just made this up in thin air.”

Trump‘s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States following a Jan. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people has drawn widespread criticism from Republican rivals as well as Democrats like Clinton.

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During Saturday night’s Democratic debate, Clinton said Islamic State is using Trump‘s rhetoric to enlist fighters to radical jihad.

“They are going to people, showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists,” the Democratic frontrunner said.

Counterterrorism experts and Reuters reporters who monitor Islamist online activity have found no evidence so far that Islamic State has mentioned Trump in its official online accounts.

Asked to comment on Sunday, the Clinton campaign did not respond to Trump‘s charge but reiterated that Hillary Clinton‘s remark was based on evidence that supporters of the extremist group frequently cite Trump‘s comments to make the case that Americans hate Muslims.

It quoted a counterterrorism expert and linked to a tweet from a “very vocal ISIS supporter.”

For Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, that’s enough to indicate that Trump is helping, not hurting, the jihadist group.

“That’s the interpretation we made,” Podesta said on “Meet the Press,” adding “I think it’s a very fair charge.”

Counterterrorism experts say it is nearly impossible to keep track of the torrent of online activity being generated by Islamic State and its sympathizers.

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“There are very few analysts who have watched all of IS’s videos,” said counterterrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross. “That being said, I believe Hillary Clinton‘s claim was false.”

Still, Trump‘s comments make it harder for the United States to build good will among Muslim populations and make him complicit in Islamic State mobilization efforts, said Democratic strategist Bud Jackson.

“Donald Trump is in essence aiding and abetting the enemy with his comments. He’s making things worse, not better. There’s no denying that,” he said.

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  • Larry

    “Do you share our goal of creating a war between Western Society and all Muslims?
    Then you can join us, We’re ISIS!”


  • Neil Heath

    I agree that he’s not their “best” recruiter, but he is one.

  • Well I guess Trump is right..because if there is one subject he has down pat it is making up[ lies out of thin air.

  • Ted

    Again with a lie involving Muslims and video like the phony reason she gave for the Benghazi massacre…but really, what difference, at this point, does it make? Per Isaiah 3:12 we may get her as a President because that is the type of thing that happens to depraved nations.

  • Ted

    You realize what she is saying is ‘we don’t want to make our enemies mad at us’? Appeasement is what brought so much turmoil and arson to Ferguson, MO, ruined George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson, and a whole host of other good people by trying to placate the lawless radicals and criminals in our society. Democrats are a pox on us and bring disaffection wherever they get power to impose their will.

  • monica subirats

    The issue is the Syrian refugees, to whom ISIS is granting phony passports allowing for ISIS infiltration. If we had our priorities straight, that is the safety of the US, we should impose a temporary ban on most Moslems with the knowledge of phony ISIS passports. The Syrian refugees can best be helped by aide and resettlement in camps, coming here is not necessary and way too expensive to help only a few. So I agree with Donald Trump

  • Larry

    Still trying to make create a controversy over the tragedy of Benghazi. Maybe if Congress wasn’t so stingy with funding embassy security, they might have been able to resist the attack. I guess its easier to point fingers at others rather than own up to one’s own faults.

    George Zimmerman is living proof why the whole “good guys with guns” notion really means trigger happy homicidal amateurs. The d-bag doxxed his ex-girlfriend after breakup. Eff that cretinous piece of garbage.

    Ferguson’s entire law enforcement/court system was predatory. Designed to shake down the population. I guess you support local government corruption and extortion.

    Sane, non-fanatical people saying that people both ISIS and Islamaphobes believe the same thing and work towards the same goals. War between the West and all of Islam. If you think the entire faith of Islam is your enemy, you are just assisting ISIS.

  • monica subirats

    The charge by Hillary Clinton is stupid, ISIS does not need Donald Trump to recruit, their theology grants them sex slaves, women and children to sleep with and is their best tool to sign up.

  • Actually no. ISIS isn’t granting passports to anyone. ISIS is trying to associate the refugees with them in order to keep people from fleeing Syria. So they have more people under their thumb. Akin to how we turned away Jewish refugees during the Holocaust because we worried about German spies among them during WWII.

    Banning on Muslims entering the country would be exactly what ISIS wants. It destroys our democratic values and serves their immediate purposes. The suggestion is vile.

    As for resettlement, that hasn’t worked for the Palestinians for the last 50 years. It’s ridiculous to think it would happen with Syrians. As a developed nation,, we owe a duty to take in refugees. As a nation of refugees and immigrants such a duty takes on greater importance. It defines us as a nation in a way others don’t.

    Ben Franklin had this to say for f00ls who would destroy a nation to feel safe
    “Those who relinquish freedom for security deserve neither”

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  • monica subirats

    I believe the appeasement approach of Hillary Clinton is dead wrong and historically was the failed approach against the Nazis. The resulting wars is proof positive, the enemy unfortunately must be destroyed.

  • Debbo

    What Clinton and other sane politicians are trying to do is not appeasement, far from it. Trump is aiding the Daesh recruitment. That’s what Hillary and all sane people are avoiding.

    Appeasement is giving up something the opponent wants in hopes that they won’t take more. Hillary is surrendering nothing. She’s been very clear about her willingness to escalate militarily. Trump is the one who is assisting them by giving them video recruiting fodder. That is simply stupid bluster.

    It’s so ironic that the biggest liar of the entire campaign, Trump, is accusing any other candidate of playing his favorite card. The evidence of the accuracy of Clinton’s statement is growing.

  • Jack

    The best recruiters for ISIS are presidential candidates who think Republicans are a greater threat to the world than radical Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS. That’s the surest sign they have no intention of taking ISIS seriously.

    And there’s nothing that will spike ISIS recruitment more than the knowledge that its fighters will continue to advance virtually unopposed.