Clinton said ISIS was using his hateful comments about Muslims as a recruiting tool. It’s not true and now The Donald wants an apology.
Donald Trump called out Hillary Clinton on Monday for her claim that ISIS has used him in propaganda videos as a recruiting tool and demanded the Democratic frontrunner apologize for the erroneous claim.
“I demand an apology from Hillary Clinton for the disgusting story she made up about me for purposes of the debate,” he tweeted. “There never was a video.”
Call it a Christmas miracle, but for once, the facts are actually supporting part of Trump’s accusation because terrorism experts say no such video exists.
Trump’s comments come after Clinton claimed during Saturday night’s debate that Trump was “ISIS’s best recruiter.”
“They are going to people, showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadist,” she said.
William McCants, a Brookings Institution scholar focused on the Middle East, said there is “no official ISIS propaganda that I have seen that yet mentions Trump either in print or in video.”
The group certainly might mention Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration in their propaganda, McCants added, but it wouldn’t have happened this quickly.
“It’s the kind of thing they would mention, but you would probably find it in their English-language magazine, and it’s a month or two, usually, behind events. So if they’re going to use it you wouldn’t see it just yet,” he said.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies who studies ISIS and other radical extremist groups, also said Clinton’s claim is baseless.
“The claim that Trump’s posturing can feed IS’s narrative is correct,” he said. “But he hasn’t appeared in an IS video as of the time of Hillary’s claim, as far as anyone can tell.”
But that didn’t stop Clinton’s team from hitting the Sunday shows to defend the comments.
After all, Clinton’s comments at the debate certainly sounded plausible enough.
“It seems that Clinton has turned speculative left-of-center rhetoric into fact.”
“He’s becoming a very important recruitment tool for ISIS,” John Podesta told Meet the Press. “I think if you, if you go back and look at social media, if you look at what is going on there, they are definitely pointing to Mr. Trump.”
Jennifer Palimieri, Clinton’s communications director, also doubled down on Clinton’s comments on ABC’s This Week.
Clinton’s campaign also highlighted a tweet from an ISIS supporter regarding Trump. But just because a supporter of a group says something doesn’t mean the group uses it in propaganda.