Is Donald Trump an ISIS Mole?
It’s the only thing that makes sense.
By Jim Knipfel
Last week Al Shabaab, an Al Quaeda splinter group based in Syria, released a new recruiting video featuring a statement by U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. claiming Muslims in the States would soon be rounded up and placed in concentration camps, much like the Japanese were during WWII. As evidence, the video then cuts to a clip from the campaign speech in which Donald Trump proposed his ban on Muslim immigrants.
Loathe as I am to say anything else about the current Republican frontrunner, somehow I get the feeling he would not only not be upset to learn he’s a recruiting puppet for Islamic extremists, I suspect he may have bankrolled the video himself. At the very least he’s cashing those residual checks.
Hillary Clinton was the first one to suggest the idea a few weeks ago, but the more I think about it the more it all makes too much sense.
Trump’s campaign to date has been aimed squarely and successfully at the white supremacist crowd (i.e. most mainstream Americans) who by their nature see a deadly and sinister threat brewing behind any layer of differently-colored skin. It would not be in his own best interests to come to any kind of peaceful understanding with the worldwide Muslim community, or even to make any noises to that effect. Nor would obliterating them through the willy-nilly dispersal of assorted chemical, biological or nuclear weapons do him a damn bit of good. No, the only way to solidify his own position would be to send as many thousands of as-yet-unradicalized Muslims as possible scurrying to sign up with ISIS, Al Qaeda, or whatever militant faction seems handy. As much as possible he needs to embolden them, make them hate the West even more than they do, and swell their ranks to the bursting point. He needs to ensure they remain a viable threat to every white man, woman and child in the country. As any leader knows, without a viable external threat to point at, their grip on power is tenuous at best. In the best of all possible worlds, from his or any other would-be ruler’s perspective, it should be both an external and internal threat, and one so diffuse as to be completely unbeatable. It has to be an eternal, all-pervasive danger, one that could strike anywhere at any time (the Super Bowl, a child’s third birthday party, a Denny’s, anywhere), perpetrated by heinous fiends who don’t look like us, making them easy to spot in convenience stores.
Of course this works both ways. Radical Muslim groups likewise need a White Demon to ensure their continued funding and that their monthly recruitment goals will be met.
So as with every other supposedly adversarial relationship throughout history (Jesus and Judas, Cain and Abel, Hitler and the Jews, Charles Manson and Vincent Bugliosi), Trump needs ISIS and Al Qaeda as much as they need him. I mean, Obama wasn’t doing anyone any favors on that whole front, was he? And with his history as a negotiator and deal maker, it only seems practical and expedient that Trump would broker a deal with radical Muslim leaders that would benefit them both. He becomes the most effective recruiter they ever had, and they promise to continue attacking Western targets. It’s win-win!
At least until Trump gets bored again and decides to quit the race. After that I don’t know what the hell ISIS will do. Somehow I have the feeling Ted Cruz wouldn’t be nearly as effective as a Minister of Propaganda. Of course, given Clinton was the one who first saw the potential there, maybe she’s the one for the job.
Published January 7th, 2016
Jim Knipfel is the author of Slackjaw, The Blow-Off, These Children Who Come at You With Knives, and several other books.