Clinton: ISIS praying for Trump to win
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGorsuch rejects Minnesota Republican's request to delay House race Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Nevada: poll The Memo: Women could cost Trump reelection MORE said in an interview in Israel that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is praying for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE to win the presidency.

Clinton said terrorists are praying, "Please, Allah, make Trump president of America," saying ISIS is "rooting for Donald Trump's victory."


"We have made a judgment based on a lot of research that bringing Islam into the definition of our enemy actually serves the purpose of the radical jihadists, and there is a lot of evidence of that," Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, told Israel's Channel 2 in an interview broadcast Thursday.

She cited an article from Matthew Olsen, the former head of the National Counterterrorism Center and a Clinton backer, saying it showed "ISIS spokespeople rooting for Donald Trump's victory."

“Basically, Matt Olsen argues that the jihadists see this as a great gift," Clinton said. "They are saying, ‘Oh, please, Allah, make Trump president of America.' So, I’m not interested in giving aid and comfort to their evil ambitions. I want to defeat them. I want to end their reign of terror."

Her response came after being asked why she doesn't call the fight against ISIS a war on "radical Islam." Trump, the Republican nominee, has long criticized Clinton and the Obama administration for refusing to use the term. Clinton over the summer did refer to "radical Islamism."

The remark is intended to undercut Trump's standing on terrorism and national security issues as the nominees battle on related topics this week, including at a forum on national security Wednesday night.

Clinton's campaign has used similar arguments in the past, including last year claiming that ISIS was invoking the outspoken businessman to recruit more terrorists.

"Trump’s anti-Muslim proposals are likely to inspire and radicalize more violent jihadists in the U.S. and Europe. Specifically, his calls for a ban on Muslims visiting our country and for blanket spying on mosques reinforce ISIS’s view that the U.S. is hostile to all Muslims," Olsen wrote in his article.

"Trump’s statements also serve to isolate and alienate the same Muslim Americans who must be our partners in this fight," he wrote.