Terrorist Recruitment Video Targeting African Americans, Muslims Uses Trump Comments

The newly released video points to racism in the U.S. against blacks and Muslims and urges them to join the jihadist movement. 

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The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab released a recruitment video Friday targeting African Americans and Muslims, which features Donald Trump, the Associated Press reports.

It appeared on Twitter and reportedly recounts the stories of several Somali-Americans from Minnesota who journeyed to East Africa to fight alongside al-Shabab.

The nearly hour-long video points to Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore to make the case that racism is widespread in the United States. It also includes a clip of Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country, following the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.

The video quotes Malcolm X during the civil rights movement, as well as Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American cleric killed by a U.S. drone strike, who predicted that America would turn against its Muslim population. It urges blacks and Muslims in America to fight back by joining the jihad.

Al-Shabab is the group responsible for storming the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya and killing 67 people in that attack. The al-Qaida affiliate wants to impose a strict form of Islam in Somalia and has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Trump’s campaign has not responded so far to media requests for comments. Following the Democratic debate in December, Trump called Hillary Clinton a “liar” for saying ISIS is using his anti-Muslim rhetoric as a recruitment tool.

The Obama administration has also warned that Islamic extremists would exploit anti-Muslim comments and hate crimes targeting Muslims to recruit followers.    

“We’re at war with terrorists. We’re not at war with Islam,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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