According to 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lied about an alleged ISIS video where the Islamic State supposedly used Trump’s Muslim immigration ban plan as a source for recruiting new Daesh members. Clinton made this allegation during the Saturday night Democratic debates, but now it appears the Clinton campaign is backpedaling since a spokesperson for Clinton admitted the ISIS video does not exist.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Christian preacher Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, claims that Donald Trump’s immigration plan does not go far enough, and Graham even believes the U.S. government may eventually be forced to shut down certain American Muslim mosques.
Some were surprised during the Democratic debates when Clinton used former U.S. President George W. Bush as an example of how to work with Muslims after terrorist attacks like September 11.
“One of the best things that was done, and George W. Bush did this, and I give him credit, was to reach out to Muslim Americans and say we’re in this together, you are not our adversary, you are our partner,” Hillary said, before turning the GOP compliment into an attack on Trump. “We also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don’t fall on receptive ears. He is becoming ISIS’ best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”
“Your very talented reporter did a fact check and checked with the Washington Post and other people, and it turned out to be a very big lie,” Trump said, according to NewsMax. “It’s ridiculous. She makes it up. Whether it’s trips where she was being gunned down in a helicopter or an airplane, she’s a liar and everybody knows that.”
Hillary Clinton spokesperson admitted that their was no ISIS video of me. Therefore, Hillary LIED at the debate last night. SAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2015
While Trump’s Twitter account has claimed that the Clinton campaign caved in on this false claim, The Hill reports that Clinton aides are still trying to defend the statement. As a response, they pointed out to a NBC News report which claimed that Trump’s plans for Muslim immigration were “being used by the head-chopping fanatics and other terrorist group’s like al Qaeda to attract recruits by painting the land of the free as opposed to Islam.” The story also cites Rita Katz, an expert from the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors groups like ISIS on social media.
“They love him from the sense that he is supporting their rhetoric,” explained Katz. “When he says, ‘No Muslims should be allowed in America,’ they tell people, ‘We told you America hates Muslims and here is proof.'”
There is one area where both Clinton and Trump might agree. Both seem to think that the San Bernardino terrorist attack could have been prevented if Americans had been watching for suspicious events, but Clinton suggests that Muslim-Americans could be the first line of defense.
“We need to have everybody in our country focused on watching what’s happening and reporting it if it’s suspicious…making sure Muslim-Americans don’t feel left out or marginalized at the very moment when we need their help,” she said.
Trump, on the other hand, thinks political correctness is the problem, not whether Muslim-Americans are helping identify ISIS in America.
“They should turn them in,” Trump said to George Stephanopoulos when talking about the two ISIS terrorist’s neighbors. “With attitudes like yours, people won’t turn them in. People will go along. We have to solve a very serious problem, and if you don’t want to talk about it, that’s your problem not mine.”
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