Democratic President Hillary Clinton’s hope has defended her claim that ISIL is using videos of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric to gain followers.
Donald Trump disputed the existence of the videos and apologized, to which Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said “damn no.”
During the December 19 debate, Hillary Clinton said the Republican favorite was becoming “the group’s best recruiter.”
Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, sparking criticism from around the world.
Although he did not provide evidence, Donald Trump also said that American Muslims in New Jersey welcomed the 9/11 attacks. He also opposes the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.
Rivals in both parties have accused Donald Trump of xenophobia and of pursuing Americans’ heightened fears of terrorism following the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.
Earlier, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign said they were not aware of a specific video featuring Donald Trump, but that jihadists were using his comments about Muslims to recruit.
“She’s lying about everything,” Donald Trump said, adding that the Democratic candidate “creates tapes and videos that do not exist.”
Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN: “Hell no. Hillary Clinton will not apologize to Donald Trump for properly pointing out how his hateful rhetoric only helps [Islamic State] recruit more terrorists. ”
President Barack Obama, meanwhile, told NPR that Donald Trump was “exploiting” anger and fear among blue-collar men in the current US economy.
Economic and demographic changes in the country allow Donald Trump to spread ideas, he said.
From this fear and anxiety, “part of it [is] justified, but simply misdirected, “said Barack Obama.
“I think someone like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. This is what he exploited during his campaign. “
NBC asked Donald Trump if he considered Hillary Clinton to be a double standard because he could not support his own claim that people in New Jersey were welcoming when the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11.
Donald Trump said he was “completely exempt” from this and that he was proven to be right.