Al-Qaida uses video of Trump for recruiting
Al-Qaida’s branch in Somalia released a recruitment video that criticized racism and anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and contained footage of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announcing his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
The video, released by the militant group al-Shabab, appeared to be the first time that Trump was featured in jihadi recruitment material. During a Democratic presidential debate last month, Hillary Clinton said Trump had been used in a recruitment video for the Islamic State, a claim that was later debunked.
Al-Qaida and the Islamic State are rival jihadi groups that compete for recruits and money among radicalized Muslims.
Representatives for the Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment Friday.
The video was part of a series dedicated to Somali-American jihadis from Minnesota and one Canadian who died on the battlefield in Somalia. The video was authenticated by the SITE Intelligence Group, which studies jihadi propaganda, and it appeared to be aimed at the African-American community.
Citing “historical injustices” against African-Americans, including police brutality and racial profiling, the video urged them to convert to Islam and engage in jihad at home or abroad.
Using footage of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American member of a Qaida affiliate who was killed in a U.S. drone attack in 2011, the video also said the United States was gripped by a “malignant hatred” of Islam. It warned American Muslims that “there are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon.”
The video includes footage of Trump in front of a poster bearing his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
“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 hell is going on,” Trump said.
Source: (c) 2016 New York Times News Service