Donald Trump responded to being featured in a propaganda video made by the terrorist group al-Shabab. Trump’s response was a defiant one. He essentially said that someone has to say what he’s been saying, but no one else has the guts to do it.
“I bring it up. Other people have called me and say, ‘You have guts to bring it up because frankly, it’s true but nobody wants to get involved. Now people are getting involved.'”
The statement in the spotlight is one where Trump calls for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the country.
“And so remember this. So listen. 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 **** is going on.”
In the video, you can hear Trump announcing his call for a shutdown of Muslim immigration to the United States. The now deceased al-Qaeda recruiter, Anwar al-Awlaki, can also be heard in the video calling for Muslims to his cause.
“Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps,”
As the Washington Post reported, Anwar al-Awlaki called for Muslims to move to Islamic countries or wage jihad against the west. He can be heard saying that the west will eventually turn against its Muslim population.
Hillary Clinton has been attacking Trump, and claiming that terrorists have been using him as a propaganda implement, well before any such propaganda video had been released.
“‘No Muslims coming to the United States,’ other kinds of derogatory, defamatory statements — it is playing into the hands of the violent jihadists.”
After Clinton made the seemingly baseless claims against Trump, he blasted back by calling her a “liar” and demanding an apology. Clinton refused to apologize, but made no effort to support her claims. Her campaign admitted that when Clinton made the comments, she didn’t have a specific video in mind. Now that a video has been produced, Trump is likely not interested in getting an apology from the former Secretary of State.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 20, 2015
Though her claims were premature and made without solid evidence, they may have been somewhat vindicated by the recent video.
As reported by The Hill, Michael Cohen, one of Donald Trump’s top campaign aids, retweeted a tweet from a Trump supporter that alleged Huma Abedin put in the order for a propaganda video featuring Trump right after Hillary made her baseless claim at the Democratic presidential debate.
— Sharon Knapik (@FreeStateYank) January 2, 2016
It’s not clear if Cohen actually believes that the video is a result of a conspiracy. Generally though, a retweet on the social media site Twitter is seen as some kind of an endorsement.
Though many are offended by Trump’s call for a temporary end to Muslim immigration to the United States, others fully agree with his plan. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a Texas Imam announced that he supported Trump’s proposed plan.
— Independent US (@IndyUSA) January 3, 2016
Even though Donald Trump has made many controversial comments throughout his campaign, none of them has seemed to harm him. Trump really has only seen gains in his national poll numbers since beginning his campaign last year.
Soon after the news of a terrorist group featuring Donald Trump in one of their videos broke, he held a campaign rally in Mississippi where he had another huge crowd. It was reported that supporters showed up seven hours before the event to get in line.
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