On the same day as the candidates will face off in a “Commander-in-Chief” forum, during which the focus will be on national security, military affairs and veterans issues, national security expert Matt Olsen explained why Hillary Clinton was the “clear choice for national security” and warned that ISIS was rooting for Donald Trump.
In a Time Magzine article titled Why ISIS Supports Donald Trump, the former head of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen said Americans face “perhaps the starkest contrast in generations” this election, and he warned, “Trump’s statements and extreme policies aren’t just contrary to our values—they play right into the hands of ISIS.”
Olsen laid it out, “The bottom line is this: Trump’s erratic and belligerent slogans are no substitute for policies based on facts and sound judgment.”
The national security expert explained that ISIS is rooting for Donald Trump, “Interviews with ISIS members and analysis of social media, including in a recent Foreign Affairs article, make it clear: ISIS is rooting for Donald Trump.”
Explaining that ISIS uses social media to spread propaganda, he wrote, “Now, some of them are using those channels to advocate for Trump. In August, one ISIS spokesman wrote: ‘I ask Allah to deliver America to Trump.’ Another supporter declared: ‘The ‘facilitation’ of Trump’s arrival in the White House must be a priority for jihadists at any cost!!!’ ISIS is working to drum up support for the candidate it has called ‘the perfect enemy.‘”
Olsen laid out three reasons why ISIS is supporting Trump and why Olsen is endorsing Clinton:
One: “Trump’s anti-Muslim proposals are likely to inspire and radicalize more violent jihadists in the U.S. and Europe.”
Two: “Trump’s statements also serve to isolate and alienate the same Muslim Americans who must be our partners in this fight.”
Three: “Further, Trump’s comments undermine our counterterrorism efforts around the world. By demonizing Muslims, he feeds ISIS’s narrative that the U.S. is at war with Islam.”
The national security expert offered deep praise for Clinton’s “pragmatic and detailed strategy to defeat ISIS” writing additionally, “Fundamentally, she recognizes that American values of freedom, tolerance and the rule of law are strengths—not vulnerabilities—in the fight against terrorism.”
Before conservatives cry bias, Wikipedia lays out Olsen’s job history in which former President George W. Bush appointed him to be Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
Olsen’s endorsement comes on the same day that 95 retired generals and admirals endorsed Hillary Clinton.
But while Clinton leads among registered voters in a new NBC/SurveryMonkey poll, Trump leads 55% to 36% among veterans and active-duty service members.
Clinton leads leads 44% to 24% among registered voters when it comes to who is better equipped to handle nuclear weapons, a point the Clinton campaign will surely use to their advantage in upcoming ads.
Donald Trump is the “perfect enemy” that would be a big win for ISIS. That I am writing this about a candidate for the highest office in the land is horrific beyond belief.
This isn’t a matter of ideology; this is a matter of fitness. Donald Trump is a gift to terrorists and our enemies. The Republican is the Trojan Horse for ISIS and Putin.
The Commander-in-Chief town hall will air on NBC and MSNBC at 8PM EST and be moderated by TODAY co-anchor, Matt Lauer.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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