An al Qaeda affiliate in Africa has used a video clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump in a recruitment video, illustrating the intersection between politics and terrorism that will likely remain a theme for months.
Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia that is most known for carrying out deadly attacks there and in Kenya, released a 51-minute video calling on American Muslims to leave the country and join the violent terror group in east Africa, according to a copy of the video obtained and disseminated by SITE Intelligence Group.
The propaganda video shows a clip of Anwar al-Awlaki, a now-deceased al Qaeda figure killed by a drone strike in 2011, warning “Muslims of the west” that they are not welcome in places like the U.S.
“There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon,” he says. “Yesterday, America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching, and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.”
The video then cuts to a clip of Mr. Trump, speaking shortly after the Dec. 2, 2015 terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., when he proposed a temporary but “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.”
Democrats, and some Republicans, have said Mr. Trump’s proposals aimed at Muslims could end up inciting more terrorism, and Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton said in a recent debate that Mr. Trump’s comments were being used in recruitment videos by the Islamic State terror group. Until the new video, there had been no public evidence that this had occurred.
To be sure, Mr. Trump’s appearance in the al Shabaab video was only brief, and he wasn’t the only American singled out.
Towards the end of the video, a Shabaab militant claiming to be in Somalia and speaking in English threatened to carry out a terror attack on a grander scale than the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and also said the group planned to kill President Barack Obama.