There was a Democrat debate over the weekend. Did you notice? Many pundits commented on the fact that the timing of the debate — competing with the newest Star Wars movie and the last weekend of Christmas shopping — seemed designed to keep viewership low and to protect Hillary Clinton’s status as the Democrat front runner. Not surprisingly, Saturday’s debate had the lowest ratings of any debate — Democrat or Republican — held in 2015.
The candidates talked a lot about GOP front runner Donald Trump. In fact, it was a comment about Trump that got most of the post-debate attention.
Hillary Clinton claimed that ISIS was using Donald Trump’s rhetoric for its recruiting videos. PolitiFact checked out her claim and determined there was no evidence for it, and labeled her remark “False.”
Once again, Hillary seems to be having trouble with the truth. Remember her comments about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire? How about her leaving the White House “dead broke”? How about her immigrant grandparents? And who can forget her comments about the Benghazi video.
But in its own way, Hillary’s comments on Trump and ISIS are very revealing about the left. To many on the left, virtually anything we say or do that exposes radical Islamists is an excuse for recruiting more jihadists.
For example, Barack Obama says that the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is a major terrorist recruiting tool. We’re told that ISIS doesn’t represent Islam. So, if we capture terrorists and detain them in a secure prison, Muslims should be thanking us, right?
Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Palestinian stabbing attacks in Jerusalem on Israeli settlements. We were told an obscure video was responsible for the Benghazi attacks. Now we’re being told that Donald Trump is a major terror recruiter because of his proposal for a pause in Muslim immigration.
There is one thing that does demonstrably contribute to jihad and that is the large global infrastructure of radical mosques and madrassas teaching young Muslims that the only way to please Allah is to kill infidels. Yet that is the one thing that the left refuses to acknowledge.
Last night I reviewed the most recent, disgusting ISIS recruiting video. It is so filled with hate that I will not share a link to it. But I must concede that American politicians are being used in the video.
You won’t see pictures of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. But Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama are featured prominently as symbols of America’s decadence and why Muslims should unite against us.
Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.