Islamic State group fighters are reportedly eager for Republican Donald Trump to win the White House so that they can use his rhetoric against Muslims to win over new followers. Foreign Affairs magazine analyzed Twitter users' comments and interviewed people who recruit for the militant group also known as ISIS and found they overwhelmingly believe a Trump White House will help their cause.
Trump has vowed to keep Muslims from entering the United States as a way to stop future ISIS attacks. He said he will take out the families of ISIS fighters and bomb "the shit" out of Syria. He has blamed President Barack Obama's and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's "failed" policies for creating the group based in Syria and Iraq.
"We cannot let this evil continue," Trump said in a counterterrorism speech in August.
Foreign Affairs interviewed 12 ISIS recruiters over the messaging app Telegram who said he will help start a war between Islam and the West. ISIS doctrine claims the armies of Islam and the West will face off in a "final battle" near the city of Dabiq, in northern Syria. They reportedly believe the war will lead to a worldwide Islamic caliphate.
One ISIS member said: "I ask Allah to deliver America to Trump." Another added: "The 'facilitation' of Trump’s arrival in the White House must be a priority for jihadists at any cost!" One ex-fighter said Trump "talks like a crazy person — not just about Muslims but about U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia."
Clinton, who served as secretary of state under Obama, has also vowed to take on ISIS, but has encouraged Americans to avoid offensive rhetoric when discussing Muslims and terrorism. That's why she isn't considered as effective of a recruiting tool as Trump, according to ISIS supporters.
"She never says anything bad about Muslims," an ex-fighter named Adel told Foreign Affairs.
Other terror groups have also embraced Trump. Al Shabaab released a video in January citing his proposed ban on Muslims to recruit new followers.