Trump brushes off al-Shabaab recruiting video citing his words
Donald Trump is not surprised or disappointed or contrite, he features in al-Shabaab’s terror video. As a “frontrunner” who speaks out against terrorism, it was expected.world Updated: Jan 04, 2016 02:22 IST
Donald Trump is not surprised or disappointed or contrite, he features in al-Shabaab’s terror video. As a “frontrunner” who speaks out against terrorism, it was expected.
But, he did seem relieved and perhaps a little vindicated he featured in an al-Shabaab video and not one by the Islamic State, as had been charged by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, released recently a 51-minute propaganda video that features Trump’s statement seeking a ban on Muslims entering the US.
The video seeks to portray the US as a racist country that is at war with Islam and uses another American, radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaki killed in a 2103 drone strike, to enforce that point.
Trump responded in a tweet on Saturday: “al-Shabaab, not ISIS, just made a video on me - they all will as front-runner & if I speak out against them, which I must. Hillary lied!”
Clinton had claimed during the last Democratic debate that IS was using inflammatory comments from Trump to attract recruits. There was no evidence of that then, as now.
Multiple fact-checkers found that claim unfounded, and Clinton was widely slammed for it, but the narrative took root in an escalating war
of words between the two frontrunners.
Clinton has called Trump “sexist”, to which the real estate tycoon responded by bringing up her husband, former President Bill Clinton, calling him “degenerate” among other things.
“Hillary Clinton lied last week when she said ISIS made a D.T. video. The video that ISIS made was about her husband being a degenerate,” Trump said in another tweet.
First Published: Jan 04, 2016 02:00 IST