Don’t feel out of the loop if you didn’t know that there was a Democratic debate last Saturday, I didn’t either.
An hour in I was able to catch up pretty fast through the miscellaneous posting about it on Facebook and Twitter. I happened to stumble upon the following claim made by Hillary Clinton regarding Donald Trump:
He 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
Yes, because apparently people become terrorists due to hurt feelings.
Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is.
As Politifact reported:
Extensive Google searches did not turn up any evidence. And the response from the Clinton campaign did not point to any specific videos.
The campaign pointed to an NBC News article that quoted Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors the social media activities of Islamic terrorist groups.
“They love him from the sense that he is supporting their rhetoric,” she said. “They follow everything Donald Trump says. When he says, ‘No Muslims should be allowed in America,’ they tell people, ‘We told you America hates Muslims and here is proof.’ ”
The article also quoted David Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, saying that “Trump’s incendiary anti-Muslim comments will surely be used by ISIS social media to demonize the United States and attract recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria.”
But while such quotes support the notion that ISIS could be making recruiting videos, or will do so, they do not support Clinton’s contention — offered in the present tense — that they are currently doing so.
Vox.com tweeted at J.M. Berger, author of the book ISIS: The State of Terror, and Berger tweeted back, “I would be surprised if they had and we didn’t hear about it in a big way.”
For now, it seems that Clinton has turned speculative left-of-center rhetoric into fact.
You know, when liberals are going to attack the factual accuracy of Donald Trump’s statements, they could at least fact check their own claims against him.
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