How al-Qaeda and ISIS Have Been Weighing in on Our Presidential Election
The Al-Battar Media Foundation, an ISIS-affiliated media outlet originating from a Tunisian-led elite ISIS Libyan unit, issued a statement after the June attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando slamming Muslims who fear "infidel Trump winning the presidency."
"The sincere believer is not afraid of the head of infidel America, but is struggling as the almighty Allah commanded him, and waits for the victory of Allah... the blessed battle has made the infidels [feel] horror and fear and panic," the statement said.
In the July issue of ISIS' Dabiq magazine, an article titled "Why We Hate You: And Why We Fight You" criticized "American politicians" who "were quick to jump into the spotlight and denounce" the nightclub massacre by Omar Mateen, "declaring it a hate crime, an act of terrorism, and an act of senseless violence."
"Many Westerners, however, are already aware that claiming the attacks of the mujahidin to be senseless and questioning incessantly as to why we hate the West and why we fight them is nothing more than a political act and a propaganda tool," the article stated. "The politicians will say it regardless of how much it stands in opposition to facts and common sense just to garner as many votes as they can for the next election cycle."
That same issue featured a photo of the headstone of Capt. Humayun Khan -- the slain son of Khizr Khan, Democratic National Convention speaker and lately on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton -- with the caption, "Beware of dying as an apostate."
An August Foreign Affairs analysis of unofficial ISIS communications on social media and Telegram channels found jihadists favoring a Trump presidency largely for the expected spike in terrorist recruitment.