Mogul Stands Behind Ban Despite Jihadi Clip Featuring His Quotes

Republican front-runner Donald Trump is standing by his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States after his rhetoric was used in a newly released recruitment video for an al-Qaeda affiliate.

The video from Somalia-based al-Shabaab shows Trump calling for the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” using the business magnate to illustrate anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

Strategists say the group’s use of his words could actually strengthen Trump’s lead in the crowded GOP field by keeping him squarely in the spotlight as the ultimate foe of international extremist groups.

“Trump just got a Christmas gift,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “It boosts him to the forefront of the national conversation.”

While this can be an “I-told-you so” moment for Clinton, O’Connell said, Trump supporters will likely see this as proof that al-Qaeda would prefer a Clinton victory because she is less of a threat to terrorist groups.

“Each of them gets their spin,” O’Connell said. “But Trump will find every which way possible to show that it’s clear al-Qaeda and ISIS will do anything to make Hillary win.”

Read more from Lindsay Kalter at the Boston Herald



Do you like this post?
Analysis & Political Strategy