Trump clip blasting Muslims turns up in purported terrorist recruitment video

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A clip of Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., has been included in a purported recruitment video for the Islamic State. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A clip of Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., has been included in a purported recruitment video for the Islamic State. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(USA TODAY) A recruitment video purportedly released by a major al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group and aimed at American Muslims includes a clip of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., SITE Intelligence Group reported Saturday.

The video weaves together Trump’s remarks, delivered at a campaign appearance Dec. 7 in South Carolina, with archival video of now-dead top al-Qaida recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki calling on Muslims in the West to either leave or “stay and fight.”

In the archival clip, the American-born al-Awlaki, who was killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen, calls on Muslims in the West to “learn from the lessons of history.”

“There are storm clouds gathering on your horizon,” al-Awalaki says, noting America’s history with slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. “Tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.”

The video shows 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 [expletive] is going on.” The group bleeps out his use of the word “hell.”

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The clips are part of a 51-minute propaganda video released by al-Shabab, al-Qaida’sSomalia-based affiliate. It is the second in a series of two al-Shabab recruitment videos highlighting American-born jihadis fighting for the group in Somalia, according to SITE, a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremist activity online.

The video was distributed Friday on Twitter by the al-Kataib Media Foundation, an Islamist militant organization, SITE reported, according to Reuters.

The video comes two weeks after a heated exchange between the Trump camp and the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said during a Democratic candidates’ debate last month that Trump’s remarks about Muslim immigrants made him the “best recruiter” for the Islamic State, a terror group not affiliated with al-Shabab.

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She suggested the extremist group was using Trump in its recruiting videos.

The statement was strongly rejected by Trump, who said on ABC’s This Week on Dec. 20: “Knowing the Clintons and knowing Hillary, she made it up.”

He also demanded an apology from the Clinton campaign, which replied: “Hell, no!”

The Clinton camp, however, clarified her comments by saying she was not referring to a specific video, but that the sharp remarks by Trump about Muslims were being used on social media in the Middle East to recruit new radical followers.

“She’s not referring to a specific video, but he is being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda,” Clinton communications director Jen Palmieri said, using an acronym for the terror group.

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  • People who worship the American Flag are almost always
    the same ones who don’t care about the US Constitution.

    Flag waving, tribalism, true religion and nationalism are Republican values.
    Of course Al Queda and ISIS will understand that nonsense – too well.
    Someone should point out to Trump how conventional and politically correct he is being.

  • Jack

    Trump’s words were reprehensible, but the left should be careful, especially when the subject is what aids terrorist recruitment.

    The fact is that radical Islamist recruitment videos focus big-time on Hillary’s Hollywood friends.

    So if Hillary insists on playing the blame game on what stimulates al Qaeda/ISIS recruitment, it would be dishonest to focus on Trump alone and not how the seedy side of our culture, from glorifying violence to objectifying women to the sexualizing children, is a big propaganda gift to our terrorist foes.

    All al Qaeda needs to stimulate recruitment is to show videos of Hollywood, to scare the crap out of Afghan villagers and others in the Muslim world.

    So where does this lead? To complete self-censorship of freedom of expression? No.

    If we care about freedom, we should not be flagellating ourselves over how the fruits of our freedom are used for terrorist recruitment. Lefties of all people should realize that.

  • Jack

    Gee thanks RNS for wiping out my post.

  • Jack

    Okay, let’s try again.

    Hillary and her leftist friends should not be going down this road. It leads to criticizing Hollywood for providing the same propaganda and recruitment value to our radical Islamic terrorist foes through its glorifying violence, objectifying women, and sexualizing children. All ISIS needs to do is show scenes of teens dressed like prostitutes or Hannibal Lecter biting someone’s tongue off, and the result is the same. It certainly doesn’t make America look great in the Muslim world.

    But these are the fruits of our freedom and so what is the answer? Self-censor all we do so nothing ends up on a terror recruitment video? But then the terrorists win.

    Trump’s words are despicable and Hollywood’s images grotesque at times. But the answer is to counter them in the marketplace, not wring our hands about these ending up on recruitment videos. Our foes are the scum of the earth. Why take note of them on this?

  • Jack

    What’s wrong with “nationalism,” Max?

  • Jack,

    “What’s wrong with nationalism?”

    Jack boots.
    Next question..?

  • Jack

    Obviously, Max, you don’t know what nationalism means.

  • Jack,

    Right. I’m 55 years old and I somehow missed the meaning of nationalism?

    Nationalist: A shallow cheerleader who claims his nation is superior to all the others simply because he happened to be born there. Same person is likely to think his religion of birth is superior thanks to him being born into it.
    Patriot: allegiance is tied to ostensible virtues inherent in the Law or process of government.

    “I am 50% American but 100% British” – Winston Churchill

    For illustration, Churchill was making a point about virtues and aspirations, not mere nationalism.
    And this lesson is over.

  • Jack

    Wrong, Max. Nationalism simply means a feeling of pride of and loyalty to one’s country. Unless you oppose the very idea of a nation state, this is a good sentiment by itself. It only becomes bad when people use it to hate other countries and make war on them.

    To use an analogy, there’s nothing wrong with love of family, so long as it’s not used to act unjustly toward other people’s families.

    The same is true of nationalism. It’s okay to have such a loyalty as long as we are fair to other nations and peoples.

    So to label love of nation as evil is as foolish as labeling any particularistic loyalty as evil.

    The only people who hate nationalism or other particularistic loyalties are Marxists who demand that individuals sacrifice these smaller and more humble loyalties to “humanity.” Normal people understand that one can have both particularistic and universalistic loyalties at the same time. You can love nation and all of humanity at the same time.