An Islamic militant group based in Africa has hurled US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s own words back at him, using his comments on a Muslim travel ban to try and recruit soldiers to join the Jihad, reported 9News.
The al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab, which operates out of Somalia, released a lengthy propaganda video which uses Trump’s statements as evidence of the xenophobic US.
“Muslims of the West: Take heed and learn from the lessons of history,” Anwar al-Awkalim, a Yemeni Imam killed in his home country in a 2011 drone strike, says in the video.
According to CNN, in the wake of the San Bernardino, California, shootings last month, Trump said he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
The video runs this line, bleeping out the word “hell.”
Before that, Trump had called for surveillance of mosques and said he was open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the country.
The video includes recent footage of police shootings and violence against African Americans in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore — and claims that this is what is in store for American Muslims.
Trump, who talked with “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson in Florida, reacted to al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab’s use of a soundbite from the GOP front-runner’s speech in December calling for the “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S.
After Dickerson played a portion of the al-Shabab video that showed Trump saying, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the united states until our country’s representative can figure out what the f*** is going on,” he summarized the video’s pitch to Muslims in the U.S.
“And then the video goes on and says the West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens,” Dickerson said. “It’s saying to Muslims, ‘You either join jihad or you leave the United States because of what Mr. Trump is proposing.'”
“Look, there’s a problem,” Trump responded. “I bring it up. Other people have called me and say, ‘You have guts to bring it up because frankly, it’s true but nobody wants to get involved. Now people are getting involved.
“People that are on different persuasions than me right now John are saying, you know maybe Trump isn’t wrong. We want to examine it.”