Al Shabaab Recruitment Video Features Donald Trump

But still no official ISIS video, says Trump

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Rainier Ehrhardt - RTS85UG — REUTERS
Jan 02, 2016 at 12:21 PM ET

A new recruitment video for an al Qaeda affiliate featured footage from a Donald Trump rally where the GOP frontrunner told a cheering crowd there should be a shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.

The video, made by al Qaeda’s wing in Somalia, al Shabaab, features old clips of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by an American drone in 2011. Al-Awlaki says in the recycled footage in English that “there are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon” and “the West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”

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In the part featuring Trump, he reads a statement saying he wants a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” to a cheering crowd. It also bleeps out his use of the word “hell.”

In a Democratic debate last month, Hillary Clinton said Trump is “becoming ISIS’ best recruiter.” On December 19, the Democratic frontrunner said about ISIS, “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

Trump quickly retaliated, calling Clinton “a liar,” at a campaign event that week, and did so again when the video emerged, pointing out that it was not ISIS who had released the video, rather Somali group al Shabaab.

This post has been edited to clarify Donald Trump’s response to the video.