Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric is responsible in part for the success of the Islamic State’s successful recruiting of young fighters, Somali-Americans fighting the terror group’s influence tell The Independent.
They point to a Trump rally last year in which the Republican presidential candidate singled out Minnesota and its concentration of Somali-Americans as a "rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamic terror groups," the newspaper says.
"He is finger-pointing at our neighborhoods and saying that's Sharia area or bad area," Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali-American activist told The Independent. "He is really empowering the bad people. How is he empowering them, involuntarily or maybe unknowingly? By alienating the same community that are really victims of terrorisms themselves."
Jaylani Hussein, executive director in Minnesota for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told the newspaper, "He is giving them a platform where his rhetoric can be used to continuously mobilize what they are trying to do."
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