The video produced by the al-Battar Foundation, a pro-Islamic State group, is a fiery montage of the calamity and carnage resulting from the Brussels bombings juxtaposed with commentary from political pundits, including Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
"Brussels was one of the great cities — one of the most beautiful cities of the world 20 years ago — and safe," Trump is heard saying. “And now it’s a horror show — an absolute horror show.” The sound bite is from the real estate tycoon’s phone interview with Fox News.
This is not the first time Trump’s words were used in ISIS propaganda efforts.
In January, Trump’s call for a moratorium on all Muslims entering the United States was used in a recruitment video by the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab — an al Qaeda affiliate.
Trump’s consistent xenophobic rhetoric is the perfect tool for extremist propaganda as part of their mission focuses on the West’s fear-induced hostility and intolerance towards Muslims. Trump’s pattern of hatred against Muslims and alarmist attitude in the face of terrorist threats and actions only validates the fundamentalists’ violent agenda.
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