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Donald Trump Used for Al-Qaida-Linked Group’s Recruitment Video

  • Donald Trump's Islamophobia is proving to be a terrorist recruitment tool.

    Donald Trump's Islamophobia is proving to be a terrorist recruitment tool.

Published 1 January 2016

Less than two weeks after Hillary Clinton suggested Trump is becoming a jihadist recruitment tool, the Republican appeared in a terror group’s video.

Somali-based terror group al-Shabab released a recruitment video featuring Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

The propaganda video by the al-Qaida affiliate uses a clip of Trump calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Trump’s appearance in the video is preceded by a statement by al-Qaida militant Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone in 2011:

“Muslims of the West: Take heed and learn from the lessons of history. There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon. Yesterday America was a slang of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan. Tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.”

The video comes on the heels of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Trump is becoming a recruitment tool for radical jihadists.

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“He is becoming ISIS's best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists," Clinton said at the Dec. 19 Democratic Debate. ISIS is an acronym often used for the Islamic State group.

Al-Shabab is best known for the 2013 Westgate mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, where militants from the group armed with AK-47s and grenades stormed the mall and killed at least 67 people and injured almost 200 more.

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