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Trump: I Won’t Change Message Even if Terrorists Use my Words to Recruit

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the crowd at a town hall meeting December 12, 2015 in Aiken, South Carolina.  

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Donald Trump says that even if he were presented with proof that terrorists are using him in recruitment videos he wouldn’t change his words nor strategy. Why? “My words represent toughness and strength. Hillary’s not strong, Hillary’s weak, frankly. She’s got no stamina, she’s got nothing,” Trump said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Trump was answering Clinton’s claim during Saturday’s Democratic debate that Trum is “becoming ISIS’s best recruiter.” The former secretary of state said that terrorists “are going to people, showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Politifact, and other fact-checkers, quickly rated the statement as false, saying there was no evidence to prove the claim. Although ISIS supporters may have cited Trump, there is no evidence that official ISIS accounts have used Trump to recruit.

“We’ve seen a number of ISIS sympathizers online cite Mr. Trump’s recent comments but to my knowledge, we haven’t seen it in the official ISIS propaganda channels,” Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, tells Reuters.

Trump did not hesitate to call Clinton a liar. “It’s nonsense. It’s just another Hillary lie,” he said on Meet the Press. “She lies like crazy about everything, whether it’s trips where she was being gunned down in a helicopter or an airplane, she’s a liar and everybody knows that. But she just made this up in thin air.” He also called Clinton a liar on ABC’s This Week: “Knowing the Clintons and knowing Hillary, she made it up.”