ISIS has been conspicuously silent on Donald Trump and his policies. As the New York Times reports, Trump had not been mentioned in any of the group’s official media—all frequent venues for criticism or taunting of former President Obama and other world leaders.
In an audio recording on Tuesday, the Islamic State called Trump “an idiot” and derided his attacks on Muslims. They said, according to a Reuters translation:
America, you have drowned and there is no savior; you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the Earth; you are bankrupt, and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye. There is no greater evidence than the fact that you are being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is.
Some terrorism experts have called Trump’s statements and policies—particularly his ban on visas for people from a selection of predominantly Muslim countries—a potential boon to propaganda by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The group says Muslims are victims of discrimination and abuse in the West, and supporters and point to many of Trump’s statements as evidence of hostility toward Muslims.
Amarnath Amarasingam, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London, has interviewed ISIS members and supporters and says, “The longer-term goal of ISIS is to let the United States eat itself from the inside—just let it happen.”
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