Hillary Clinton channeled left-wing denialism of the ideological and religious origins of Islamic terrorism by crediting Donald Trump with helping inspire Muslims to become mass murdering Jihadists. Invoking another video as she had done in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound in 2012, Clinton channeled Obama’s previous characterization of Trump’s statements as a “potent recruitment tool” for Islamic terrorists.
“(Trump) is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical Jihadists,” said Clinton, responding to a question about 36% of Americans agreeing with Trump’s proposal to temporarily halt intake of Muslims via immigration and visitation.
This is not the first time Clinton has blamed obscure video from inspiring Islamic terrorism. Following the Islamic terrorist attack that murdered four Americans in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, Clinton and the Obama Administration blamed an obscure “anti-Muslim” video on YouTube for having drawn the ire of Muslims, essentially converting them into Islamic terrorists.
Clinton then mobilized taxpayer monies in her capacity as Secretary of State to promote messaging in Pakistan denouncing the “anti-Islam” video the Obama Administration had falsely connected to the event. The public relations campaign sought to divorce the American government from connection to the making of the video in the minds of Muslims in Pakistan.
Clinton would lead Americans to believe that otherwise good Muslims become Islamic terrorists due to Trump’s rhetoric.
Last week, NPR’s Ted Koppel described Trump as “Recruiter in Chief” for ISIS while joining a political discussion panel with MSNBC’s Meet The Press. Nobody challenged his statement.
Two weeks ago, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Lindsey Graham took a slightly different approach in attributing inspiration for Islamic terrorism to Trump’s statements. Both Senators implied that Trump’s “anti-Muslim” statements would make Muslims less willing to prevent mass murder attacks by Islamic terrorists via cooperation with authorities. In other words, according to Blumenthal and Graham, Muslims with the capacity to prevent attacks such as those in Paris and San Bernardino would now choose not to do so due to Trump’s rhetoric.