Donald Trump Brushes Off Terror Video of Him: 'I Have to Say What I Have to Say'
Donald Trump is making light of a terror video featuring him as a reason to join jihadi violence.
"What am I going to do?" he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" in a Sunday broadcast. "I have to say what I have to say. There's a problem. We have to find out what is the problem. And we have to solve the problem."
The terrorist group Al-Shabab, Al Qaeda’s Somali affiliate, has issued a new recruitment video featuring a sound bite from the Republican presidential frontrunner.
The propaganda footage contains an excerpt from Trump’s recent call for all Muslims to be barred from entering the United States, according to several reports Saturday.
His urging of a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims visiting America became a battle point between him and Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, who called Trump “ISIS’s best recruiter,” and claimed terrorists “are going to people, showing them videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit radical jihadists.”
Trump then called Clinton a liar and used a vulgar term to describe her 2008 presidential nomination loss to Barack Obama.
But the video seen this weekend appears to show that Clinton was right after all.
The Trump segment was prefaced by remarks from Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a 2011 airstrike in Yemen. “There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon,” the terror leader says in English. “Yesterday, American was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching, and (the) Ku Klux Klan. And tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps,” CNN reported.
The 55-minute video then switches to December rally in South Carolina, where Trump shouts: “So listen. Donald J. Trump is calling for 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.”
In the Al-Shabab footage, the word “hell” is bleeped out.
Trump made the controversial statement after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, killed 14 people and injured 22 others on Dec. 2.
The terrorist video also urges young American blacks to convert to Islam and travel to Somali to become fighters, according to Site Intelligence Group, a private entity that monitors terrorist communications.