Hillary Clinton pulled a Trump card Saturday night, and The Donald isn’t happy about it.
Donald Trump struck back at Hillary Clinton Sunday morning, calling the Democratic frontrunner a liar and denying her claim the Islamic State used his videos as a recruitment tool, according to the International Business Times.
“It’s nonsense. It’s just another Hillary lie. She just made this up in thin air.”
His comments stem from remarks Clinton made during Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate when she called Donald Trump the Islamic State’s best recruiter.
“They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”
While experts agree it’s entirely possible ISIS could be using Trump’s anti-Muslim comments to recruit potential militants, there is no evidence they actually are, reports the Business Standard.
“There’s no such video.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got into the act when he called Trump a pathological liar Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week.
“Much of what he says are lies or gross distortions of reality. I say this straight-forwardly, I think you have a pathological liar there.”
The two Democratic candidates are responding to Trump’s emotional anti-Muslim rhetoric that has inflamed voters on both sides of the political aisle. The billionaire real estate mogul claims to have seen thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, even though local officials and residents alike have repeatedly denied the claim.
The Donald has also called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the country, and proposed a national database to track the locations of Muslims in the country.
During his television appearance Sunday morning, Trump was asked whether he would tone down his anti-Muslim rhetoric if he found out his comments were being used to recruit ISIS militants. He said he would not, according to the International Business Times.
“My words show strength.”
Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has hit a chord with many conservative voters and driven him into a double-digit lead over his Republican contenders, but his Democrat counterparts say The Donald is simply spewing rhetoric.
Sanders told ABC News there were no easy answers in the real world, and political leaders should put aside inflammatory comments and deal with the real issues at hand.
“What somebody like a Donald Trump is doing is playing on the fears and anxieties of the American people. You defeat it by going out to the working people in this country and making it clear that if we are going to create an economy that works for our kids, that works for working families, we have got to do it together. We have to understand the real causes and the real causes are the greed of corporate America, the greed of Wall Street, not some poor Mexican who is in this country trying to live on $7 an hour.”
Republican contender Jeb Bush also condemned Donald Trump Sunday morning during his appearance on Face the Nation, saying the billionaire’s anti-Muslim comments were ridiculous, but he understood why people might be attracted to it, reports the International Business Times.
“But that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.”
The most recent polls show Donald Trump with a double-digit lead with 34 percent of voters over second place contender Ted Cruz, with 18 percent. On the Democratic side, Clinton, with 56 percent, is leading Sanders, with 36 percent.
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