Throughout his campaign and now his victory, president-elect Trump has caused outrage with his proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration into the United States.
It was one of the most stated, divisive and controversial of his policy ideas – and it may have the opposite desired affect, according to ISIS.
While you wouldn’t expect any member of Daesh to give a democratically-elected leader a shining endorsement, this is something else entirely.
Abu Omar Khorasani, a member of Daesh, told Metro:
This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.
Our leaders were closely following the U.S. election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so.
Trump has spoken against militant groups on the campaign trail, promising to defeat ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before.’
He has since toned down his call for a total ban on Muslim entry to say he would temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have ‘a history of exporting terrorism.’
And Abu Omar Khorasani isn’t the first to claim Trump’s view on Muslims could make recruitment much easier for the disaffected youth in the West. It also echos those of the Taliban who say Trump’s campaign trail rhetoric against Muslims plays in their favour.
Iraq’s Shi’ite (or Shia) Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement: “He does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks (the fact) that his extremism will generate extremism in return.”
Unlike the radical Sunni movements of so-called IS and al-Quaeda, Sadr’s political reform movement has not waged or promoted attacks in the West.
American officials have also warned the country will likely face a higher risk of attacks as IS urges supporters to strike at home instead of joining its fight in the Middle East.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in February: “Although the U.S. is a much harder target than Europe, ISIL’s leaders are determined to strike the U.S. homeland beyond inspiring homegrown violent extremists attacks.”
So while Trump’s Muslim ban may be viewed by some as a successful idea, would it extinguish all radical terrorism in America, or just create more?