Trump's Muslim comments break into 2016 in Qaeda-linked recruitment video
Turns out, Hillary Clinton's December claim that Trump's plan to ban Muslims in America could be used to recruit jihadists was pretty spot on. (AFP/File)
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On the first day of 2016, while the world celebrated midnight and toasted the new year, elsewhere, Donald Trump's infamous Muslim comments had made their way into a new terror recruitment video.
Somali Islamist group and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab released a 51-minute video in which Trump's clip appears 10-minutes in, the BBC reports. The video, disseminated on Twitter on Friday by the group's media wing, features clips of now-deceased militant leader Anwar al-Awlaki, an urging by al-Shaabab for black Americans to convert to Islam and Trump’s December call to ban Muslims in America.
It shows the militant leader saying Muslims in the West are in danger of persecution and being "locked into concentration camps" before cutting to Trump's South Carolina rally. Then al-Awlaki appears again, adding that Muslims should either return to Islamic countries or wage jihad in the West.
By now we're all a little sick of hearing about Trump—especially first thing in the new year.
But it also worth noting that it wasn’t even a month ago that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that Trump’s comments made him Daesh's (ISIS) "best recruiter,” because they could be used in propaganda videos.
Back then, backlash from right-wing media and Trump himself forced Clinton's spokespeople to clarify that she "did not have a particular video in mind," but was instead speaking generally about the militant group’s social media activity.
And while it isn't coming from Daesh, this week's video is a sordid reminder that the Democratic candidate’s note about recruitment was pretty spot on.