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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton criticized Republican Donald Trump during their second debate for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Clinton questioned how such a religious test would be implemented, saying Trump’s comments have been "extremely unwise and even dangerous."
"And indeed you can look at the propaganda on a lot of the terrorists' sites and what Donald Trump says about Muslims is used to recruit fighters," Clinton said at the Oct. 9 square-off in St. Louis, Mo.
Clinton has said before that Trump is being used "to essentially be a recruiter" for people to join the cause of terrorism.
Earlier this year, Al Shabaab, the East African affiliate of the al-Qaida terrorist group, issued a 51-minute video telling "Muslims of the West" that they are not welcome in countries like the United States.
The video says the United States has a history of "slavery, segregation, lynching, and Ku Klux Klan, and tomorrow, it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps."
It then shows a video of Donald Trump where he is calling "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" until United States representatives can figure out what is going on. Trump made that statement after the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks.
This spring, Newsweek also reported that an ISIS video released in the wake of the Brussels attack featured an audio clip of Trump speaking about Brussels.
"Brussels was one of the great cities, one of the most beautiful cities of the world 20 years ago. It was amazing, actually, and safe. And now it's a horror show. It's an absolute horror show," Trump says in the video, as ISIS lets the phrase "absolute horror show" repeatedly echo and fade.
Clinton’s campaign sent us a Politico story about that video, pointing out that it also features "English subtitles, musical accompaniment and a song of sorts, with the lyrics: ‘Brothers rise up! Claim your victory! Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go for jihad.’ "
Trump’s campaign did not return requests for comment.
Clinton is right about the Trump’s comments being incorporated into propaganda, but it’s difficult to know what effect his words have had on recruitment, said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
"Obviously, we know less about how effective his comments have been as a recruiting tool -- reliable data is hard to come by," Gartenstein-Ross said. "But that is how it's being used."
Clinton said, "you can look at the propaganda on a lot of the terrorists' sites and what Donald Trump says about Muslims is used to recruit fighters."
An East African affiliate of the al-Qaida terrorist group has used a video clip of Trump in one of its videos, telling "Muslims of the West" that they are not welcome in countries like the United States and urging them to join the terrorist group, according to multiple news reports.
While it’s difficult to determine how effective the videos are, at least one has featured Trump’s words. We rate Clinton’s statement True.
Washington Post, Donald Trump featured in new jihadist recruitment video, Jan. 2, 2016
Donald Trump campaign website, call to suspend immigration from countries with history of terrorism, June 13, 2016
PolitiFact, Donald Trump proposes banning Muslims from coming to the U.S. But that's not what Jimmy Carter did, Dec. 11, 2015
Time, Why ISIS Supports Donald Trump, Sept. 7, 2016
Foreign Affairs, Why ISIS Is Rooting for Trump, Aug. 24, 2016
PolitiFact, Donald Trump now being used in terrorist propaganda videos, Hillary Clinton says, May 20, 2016
Politico, ISIL video uses Donald Trump comments to fan flames after Brussels attacks, March 24, 2016
Email interview, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Oct. 9, 2016
The Wall Street Journal, Al Qaeda-Linked Group Cites Donald Trump in Terrorist Recruiting Video, Jan. 1, 2016
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