Al-Qaeda affiliate group uses Trump’s anti-Muslim rant in recruitment video: report
A Somalian terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda is using footage of Donald Trump in a new recruitment video, CBS News reported.
The 51-minute video, posted online by al-Shabab on Friday, reportedly shows footage of Trump supporting “a total and complete shutdown” on immigration into the US by Muslims.
The clip is bookended by remarks from Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda official who was killed in Yemen during a US airstrike in 2011, saying that the US would become “a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps” and that “the West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”
The video also cites the fatal shootings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Walter Scott in South Carolina at the hands of police to argue that young black Americans should convert to Islam. It was originally posted via Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, and distributed via Twitter before being posted by SITE Intelligence Group, a private company that tracks Islamic terror groups and white supremacist organizations.
SITE director Rita Katz posted screenshots from the video on Twitter, as seen below:
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) January 1, 2016
The video comes less than a month after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a debate that another group, Islamic State, might use Trump’s rhetoric targeting Muslims for recruiting purposes.
“And 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’s best recruiter,” Clinton predicted. “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. So I want to explain why this is not in America’s interest to react with this kind of fear and respond to this sort of bigotry.”
Trump’s campaign subsequently demanded an apology, which she has refused to provide.
[h/t Think Progress]