The trouble with verifying Clinton’s claim on Trump as ISIS propaganda

December 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Most Republicans opted not to attack Donald Trump on the debate stage, but Hillary Clinton was happy to take up the charge in Saturday night’s Democratic debate.

The newest criticism? Videos of Trump talking about Muslims are being used by ISIS to recruit fighters. It was a step by Clinton farther than other critics of the Republican frontrunner, who have previously said Trump’s remarks have the potential to recruit ISIS fighters.

“He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” Clinton said. “They are going to people, showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

It’s not as simple a statement to parse as it may appear. ISIS communicates in a variety of ways, using multiple social media accounts and publications through its networks around the world.  But it also depends on supporters to take to Twitter and social media to spread their message – meaning official and supporter message may be a distinction without much of a difference.

Asked to provide evidence of her claim, Clinton’s campaign pointed to social media experts who have said ISIS supporters are frequently using Trump’s remarks to argue Americans hate Muslims. They also pointed to social media posts by ISIS supporters.

But so far, according to a social media expert I spoke to, no one has been able to point to use of Trump videos on official ISIS accounts.

“We’ve seen a number of ISIS sympathizers online cite Mr. Trump’s recent comments but to my knowledge, we haven’t seen it in the official ISIS propaganda channels,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.

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Dunno, do you really have to attend a KKK meeting to know they ain’t exactly “helping” the fight against racism?

Posted by ming_on_mongo | Report as abusive

Indoctrination …

We use our words
to move each other,
to delight,
to teach,
to shock,
and too often,
to fool.

We color our words,
we empower them,
too often
we smear their meaning across-wise.
When we see videos of “the terror investigation,”
when the news is how to keep terrorists out,
when the criminal pledges faith
to Syrian terrorists in a wet dream,
then every mass murderer is a terrorist,
then every uncommon criminal is granted a terrifying voice
whose every word
drives our world toward the abyss.

Posted by DonKrieger | Report as abusive

Common sense will tell you sympathizers will grow when you alienate the over billion Muslims.

Posted by JamesChirico | Report as abusive

To think he is somehow not helping Jihadi recruitment would be folly.

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The Final Absurdity of Liberal Democrats! The unhappy Liberal democrats have perverted our working, time-honored Majority Rule system to the Rule By A Few. Dec 21, 2015 The Daily Signal: High School Girls Don’t Want a Transgender Student in Their Locker Room. They don’t want a high school student who was born male, but identifies as a female, to use the girls’ locker room because allowing a transgender student to see them in a state of undress would be an invasion of their personal privacy.“It is unfair to infringe upon the rights of others to accommodate one person.” Dec 23, 2015 NewsBusters: New York City Can Penalize Businesses Up to $250K for Using the ‘Wrong’ Pronouns and Names. Now, 99% of New Yorkers must follow ridiculous rules to please less than one percent of the city’s population that is transgender or “gender non-conforming,” New Yorkers must ask each individual what his/her(?) preferred name is, how he/she(?) would like to be addressed and by what title. A guy who claims to be a girl must be allowed to use your mother’s, wife’s, or daughter’s restroom. These absurdities reared their irrational ugly heads on 12/02/15 Independent Journal: Here’s the Term ‘Gender-Neutral’ Advocates Want You To Use Instead of Mr. and Mrs. A Mx. Hardwick prefers not to be assigned a gender and insists on the gender-neutral Mx. If you are not a Boy or a Girl, what are you? If you are not a Man or a Woman, what are you?! For Christmas, since you don’t need a man’s briefs or a woman’s panties, I’m not sure what to get you. For the sake of a few transgenders, Liberal Democrats would resort to the insanity of transforming every woman into a man who would have female organs but lead a male lifestyle; or every man into a woman who would have male organs but have a female personality. What madness is this ?! This is the absurd Sexless world and the Political Correctness that Liberal Democrats would have you have.

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