Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has hit back at her Republican counterpart Donald Trump at the ABC News debate on Saturday night, calling him “ISIS’ best recruiter.”
She said his rhetoric “fans the flames of radicalization” and is used as a recruitment tool by ISIS.
“They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists,” Clinton said. Her evidence was that Trump had been featured in ISIS videos.
“Americans should be focused on detecting and reporting suspicious behavior and making sure that ‘Muslim Americans don’t feel left out or marginalized’ at the very moment when we need their help,” she emphasised.
In her view, the country needs to make sure that his messages don’t fall on receptive ears.
“Trump has a great capacity to use bluster and bigotry to inflame people and to make think there are easy answers to very complex questions,” she said.
Former Secretary of State Clinton said Trump’s rhetoric supports the “clash of civilizations” argument that helps ISIS’s message that the West is waging a war on Islam.
She said America needs to work closely with the Muslim American community because ‘they will be our early warning signal’ against possible terrorist attacks.
Clinton said she is against putting US troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria, saying it’s what ISIS wants the US to do.
“They’ve advertised that, they want American troops back in the Middle East, they want American soldiers on the ground fighting them, giving them many more targets and giving them a great recruiting opportunity,” she added.
Trump, 69, was among the top issue being debated at the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire. Other Republican candidates hardly figured in the debate, thus reflecting that all of them consider him as their main rival.
In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings, Trump had called for a halt to Muslims entering the US until authorities could “figure out” Muslim attitudes to the country.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s popularity rating has soared to a new height as he gained 11 points in the last one month to have his popularity at 39 per cent.
The real estate tycoon gained 11 per cent after his Muslim ban remarks.
Trump leads in another national poll released by Public Policy Polling.
According to it, Trump has support of 34 per cent Republican voters. He is followed by Cruz with 18 per cent, Rubio (13 per cent) and Jeb Bush 7 per cent.