IS THIS MAN…
…WORKING TO GET THIS MAN ELECTED?
In August, one ISIS spokesman wrote: “I ask Allah to deliver America to Trump.”
Yes, Trump wants terror. Period. He thinks it will help him win. If it does it proves the American people are as stupid as he hopes we are.
Trump patted himself on the back Monday morning for calling the weekend attack in Manhattan a “bombing” before officials did. “What I said was exactly correct,” Trump bragged in an interview on “Fox and Friends.” “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news!”
At a rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Trump gleefully informed the crowd that a bomb had just gone off in New York City, even though police had not yet said exactly what happened. “Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York, and nobody knows exactly what’s going on, but, boy, we are really in a time. We better get very tough, folks,” Trump told rallygoers.
Trump and ISIS are linked. Their interests and Trump’s are one and the same: Stop Hillary Clinton from being elected. The Terror attack in NYC will fool the white’s supporting Trump into thinking this is more “proof” we need a fascist “strongman” for president. ISIS is on record as agreeing.
According to Time magazine Trump and ISIS’s interests are now one and the same. They want him to win. As Time notes in “Why ISIS Supports Donald Trump” by
In recent months, ISIS has made clear that it’s closely following this election, too—and it has chosen a candidate. Interviews with ISIS members and analysis of social media, including in a recent Foreign Affairs article by Mara Revkin and Ahmad Mhidi, make it clear: “ISIS is rooting for Trump.”
This year, ISIS isn’t simply a passive observer of American politics. Since the group’s rapid rise in 2014, ISIS has established a far-reaching, sophisticated propaganda machine. Its members rely on social media to shape public opinion, recruit new members and mobilize followers to carry out attacks. Now, some of them are using those channels to advocate for Trump. In August, one ISIS spokesman wrote: “I ask Allah to deliver America to Trump.” Another supporter declared: “The ‘facilitation’ of Trump’s arrival in the White House must be a priority for jihadists at any cost!!!” ISIS is working to drum up support for the candidate it has called “the perfect enemy.”“`
That may come as a surprise to some. After all, Trump has spent this election season making a series of combative and bellicose comments on terrorism—from his pledge to kill the families of terrorists, his plans bring back torture of suspected terrorists and his call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. But the truth is, Trump’s statements and extreme policies aren’t just contrary to our values—they play right into the hands of ISIS.
Trump’s anti-Muslim bombast will radicalize more violent jihadists in the U.S. and Europe. The NYC bombing will prove to be part of that recruiting effort.
It is a Trump moment: the terrorists are catering to his “strongman” Putin image and trying to avoid facing a true national security expert.
ISIS wants Trumpian over reaction and they want his white rube followers to kill Muslims here and abroad.Trump fulfills their vision of civilization conflict and holy war. He’s the next fool–Bush being the first–ready to launch all out war that we can only lose.
Trumps calls for a ban on Muslims visiting our country and for blanket spying on mosques reinforce ISIS’s view that the U.S. is hostile to all Muslims. It is a Trump moment where he wants terror–yes I said that–Trump wants terror between now and November to bolster his false case.
As reported by Time, a former ISIS fighter told Revkin and Mhidi: “When Trump says hateful things about Muslims, it proves that jihadists are right to fight against the West, because the West is against Islam.” As a result, his ideas fuel the group’s efforts to radicalize and mobilize its followers to take action. In fact, Trump himself has been featured in ISIS propaganda videos following the Brussels attack and the Orlando massacre.
Trump’s statements also serve to isolate and alienate the same Muslim Americans who must be our partners in this fight. They’re often on the front lines against ISIS in its effort to radicalize those who are disaffected or otherwise susceptible to its hateful message.
Trump’s posture (he was a draft dodger but talks war to people who listen) undermine our counterterrorism efforts. As one ISIS defector interviewed by Revkin and Mhidi said: “We were happy when Trump said bad things about Muslims because he makes it very clear that there are two teams in this battle: the Islamic team and the anti-Islamic team.”
The bottom line is this: “Trump’s erratic and belligerent slogans are no substitute for policies based on facts and sound judgment,” as Time notes.
In contrast to Trump, Hillary Clinton has years of actual experience to set out a pragmatic and detailed strategy to defeat ISIS that does not make the Bush/hysteria post 9/11 mistake all over again.
She has identified specific steps the United States should take both overseas and at home. Clinton rejects politics of fear and divisiveness and calls on Americans to stand resolutely together and to build alliances abroad in this struggle. Fundamentally, she recognizes that American values of freedom, tolerance and the rule of law are strengths—not vulnerabilities—in the fight against terrorism.
Trump is as uninformed as he is reckless. Trump will motivate more attacks for two reasons:
First, he provokes for no reason. Second, ISIS wants to help him win and they are counting on the stupidity of the American public who think Trump is strong. Hillary is strong. Trump is merely loud.
Today Trump is cheering for more terror and hoping for more events he can use to grandstand. Like ISIS he’s counting on American’s stupidity.
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