New York - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on “the dangerous tool” that Donald Trump’s discriminatory and divisive remarks have become for ISIS militants.
New York – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on “the dangerous tool” that Donald Trump’s discriminatory and divisive remarks have become for ISIS militants.
When asked during Saturday’s televised Democratic presidential debate what she would say to Trump’s supporters who agree with his anti-Muslim rhetoric, she said did not blame Americans, but acknowledged their reaction to be borne from fear.
The leading Democratic candidate said that the real estate billionaire has the capacity to use “bluster and bigotry to inflame people” and supposedly to try to solve a problem the wrong way.
“We need to be united against the threats that we face. We need to have everybody in our country focused on what happens and reporting it if it’s suspicious,” Clinton insisted.
Yet we have to make “sure that Muslim-Americans don’t feel left out or marginalized at the very moment when we need their help,” she added.
She went on to explain that when she was a Senator from the state of New York, after 9/11, she fostered amicable relationships between Muslims and Americans instead of creating more fear and bigotry.
Clinton gave credit to former President George W. Bush for “reaching out to Muslim Americans” after 9/11 when he said: “we’re in this together, you are not our adversary, you are our partner.”
She believes it is crucial to ensure that Trump’s hate speech “does not fall on receptive ears” of people who can use it to further their agendas.
The former Secretary of State asserted that the so-called Islamic State is using Trump’s videos and remarks to recruit new jihadists.
“He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” she said at the New Hampshire debate.
“They are going to people and showing them videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims to recruit more radical jihadists,” she added.
The statement stirred uproar with Donald Trump and his supporters who claim there is no evidence that such activities are occurring.
Meanwhile, Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill told TheBlaze that SITE Intelligence Group director Rita Katz revealed to NBC News that ISIS was indeed benefitting from Trump’s rhetoric to recruit.
Richard Goodstein, Advisor to the Hillary Clinton 2008 campaign, reacted on Monday on Fox’s The O’Reilly Show: “There is no dispute that throughout Arabic language television, such as AlArabiya, Aljazeera, CNN Arabic and BBC Arabic, there are frequent videos shown of Donald Trump making disparaging comments about Muslims,” he said.
“These anti-Muslim messages reach the Middle East and are played over and over. If that doesn’t feed the ISIS propaganda, I don’t know what does.” Goodstein told Morocco World News.
“Trump’s videos are feeding ISIS ideals and the message that the West is at a war against Islam, [a notion] which Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have worked since September 11 to dispel,” he added.