On Monday, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump’s tough-guy on ISIS rhetoric and the billionaire’s campaign is really upset about it.
Speaking at a press conference about the explosion in New York over the weekend, Clinton slammed Trump for his anti-Muslim hate speech and rightfully accused him of helping to recruit members of the Islamic State:
We know that a lot of rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they’re looking to make this into a war against Islam rather than a war against jihadists, violent terrorists, people whose number in the tens of thousands, not tens of millions, they want to use that to recruit more fighters to turn this into a religious conflict. That’s why I’ve been very clear, we’re going after the bad guys and we’re going to get them, but we’re not going after an entire religion and give the terrorists exactly what its wanting in order for them to enhance their position. Second, we know Donald Trump’s comments have been used online in recruitment for terrorists.
This is true, Donald Trump has actually been used in ISIS recruitment videos. In May, Al Shabaab, the East African affiliate of the al-Qaida terrorist group, released a nearly hour long video telling Muslims that the United States does not want them. The video cuts to a clip of Trump saying that he wants a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims in America. The terrorist organization is using one of our presidential candidates to poison the minds of impressionable youth.
The Trump Campaign, however, does not want to admit this is true and instead pointed at Hillary and claimed she is the REAL reason ISIS exists (a talking point that has been debunked over and over again). In a statement released this morning, Trump adviser Jason Miller said:
[Hillary’s comments are] an attempt to distract from her horrible record on ISIS. If Clinton really wants to find the real cause of ISIS, she needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror…The decision to remove all American troops from Iraq in 2011, which was vigorously supported by Clinton, created the vacuum that led to the founding of ISIS. Nothing she says or does can ever un-ring that bell. The only thing we can expect from a Hillary Clinton presidency is more attacks on our homeland and more innocent Americans being hurt and killed.
I guess we have to repeat this again: The decision to remove all of the troops in 2011 was not President Obama’s decision, he was abiding by the troop withdrawal agreement made during the Bush Administration with the Iraqi government. Furthermore, Obama wanted to leave about 10,000 troops in the country for support but the Iraqi government said they would no longer extent immunity to our soldiers. So, doing what any logical person would do, the president took our military out of harm’s way.
Throughout the entire campaign, Donald Trump has made the claim that Obama and Hillary are to blame for ISIS, but it doesn’t matter how many times he says it, it will never be true. What is true is that he makes this country a little less safe every time he opens his mouth.
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