As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Muslim jihadist group al-Shabab has begun using Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim comments on video to recruit new fighters to their cause. Hillary Clinton famously claimed this was going on a couple weeks ago, but there was no evidence of it then. Now there is. And of course, the wingnuts are blaming Hillary for giving them the idea:
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD (HOST): Let me begin with you, Ben, on that and how this video by Al-Shabaab may in any way influence what is or is not said on the campaign trail.
BEN FERGUSON: Yeah, I don’t think it will influence the election in any capacity. I mean if anything, they got their idea from Hillary Clinton when she mentioned putting Donald Trump in a video.
ISIS, Al-Shabaab and other terrorists like this, they understand social media. They understand how to get media attention. As soon as that was said, I’m sure they said, “that’s a great idea. Let’s throw Donald Trump in there. We’ll get even more publicity because of this, we’ll get to bring Hillary Clinton into this.” And it worked well for them.
His own words make his unsupported claim unlikely. Yes, these terrorist groups are very media savvy and they have long used video of American politicians attacking Muslims to help them recruit. They certainly didn’t need Hillary Clinton to suggest it. But this is just the first claim. At some point soon, some wingnut will actually claim that Obama called up his jihadist pals and told them to do this to hurt Trump and help Hillary.