Terrorist attack before presidential election could help Trump win


  • Nation
  • Monday, 01 Aug 2016

PETALING JAYA: A terrorist attack just before the American presidential polls in November could result in a win for Republican candidate Donald Trump, said an expert on the Middle East.

And this would suit a terrorist organisation such as the Islamic State (IS) said Dr Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver.

“The big fear in the United States now is if in the month of October, one month before the presidential election you have one major terrorist attack similar to Orlando or Paris, that is enough to put Donald Trump in the White House,” he said at a seminar recently, organised by the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (Ikmas) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

A shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando by an American-born man who had pledged allegiance to IS resulted in 49 people being killed and another 52 injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.

Last December, Trump had called for a ban of all Muslims entering the United States until it could figure out what’s going on.

Since being elected Republican nominee for the presidential race however, Trump has called for a ban of anyone immigrating to the country from areas of the world that had a history of terrorism against America or its allies.

“If you were ISIS you would just wait because the best thing for ISIS is for Donald Trump to be elected,” said Dr Nader who specialises in Middle East and Islamic politics.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had in December said that Trump "is becoming ISIS' best recruiter."  

"They are going to people showing them videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists," she was quoted as saying.


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