By Times Headline Writer
Supporters of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, celebrated Wednesday the presidential victory of Republican Donald Trump as the beginning of the end of the United States.
A number of jihadist commentators and followers of Islamic militant organizations have expressed their praise for the U.S. election results on social media and in online chat rooms. One user, Khorasani, reportedly explained how Trump’s victory, which came after the billionaire openly insulted various minority groups like Muslims, proved the ignorance of the U.S.
“9/11 was the beginning of the renaissance of the Muslim nation. 11/9 will be the beginning of the fall of the Satan (America) of this age,” the user wrote, according to a screenshot surfaced by New York Times journalist Rukmini Callimachi.
While not active supporters of Trump’s policies, some ISIS supporters have said they believe that Trump’s political ambitions and controversial nature will signal the decline of the U.S. as an international power and pave way for the rise of radical Islam. American support is currently crucial for the Iraq-led operation to liberate ISIS’ stronghold in Mosul.
“Rejoice with support from Allah, and find glad tidings in the imminent demise of America at the hands of Trump,” the Washington Post reported al-Minbar Jihadi Media, an ISIS-affiliated network, recently wrote online. “Trump’s win of the American presidency will bring hostility of Muslims against America as a result of his reckless actions, which show the overt and hidden hatred against them.”
Ultraconservative Islamic commentators and members of other militant jihadist organizations also took the time to weigh in on Trump’s victory. Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, an Al Qaeda follower and the spiritual mentor of ISIS godfather Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, wrote on Twitter that Trump’s victory “exposes the true mentality of the Americans, and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything.”
Hamza al-Karibi, spokesperson of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, reportedly added that “Trump’s victory is a powerful slap to those promoting the benefits of democratic mechanisms.”
ISIS supporters have previously expressed their enthusiasm for Trump’s success, like when he secured the Republican nomination in June. The militant group sees Trump’s alienation of Muslims in the West as an ideal recruiting tool.
Trump, meanwhile, has said he will take a hard-line stance against ISIS. He has criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for mishandling intervention in the Middle East and has even accused Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of being the “cofounders” of the extremist group.
(With inputs from news agencies)