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'Hillary's Weak, Frankly': Trump Strikes Back After Clinton Criticizes His Muslim Comments

| by Sean Kelly

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton for claiming during the Democratic Presidential debate that ISIS militants are using his anti-Muslim rhetoric as a recruitment tool.

“They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists,” Clinton said during the debate on Dec. 19, according to NBC.

“So I want to explain why this is not in America's interest to react with this kind of fear and respond to this sort of bigotry," the former Secretary of State added.

Trump responded to Clinton’s claims on NBC’s "Meet the Press" Dec. 20 after independent fact-checkers confirmed that no evidence of his rhetoric being used as an ISIS recruitment tool existed.

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“It's nonsense," Trump said. "It's just another Hillary lie.

“She lies like crazy about everything, whether it's trips where she was being gunned down in a helicopter or an airplane, she's a liar and everybody knows that. But she just made this up in thin air."

The GOP presidential front-runner also said he would not tone down his tough opinions on Muslims even if his words were being used to recruit ISIS fighters.

“I think that my words represent toughness and strength,” he said. 

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“Hillary's not strong, Hillary's weak, frankly," he added. "She's got no stamina, she's not nothing."

Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri later clarified that the former Secretary of State was not “referring to a specific video," USA Today notes. She added, however, that groups monitoring ISIS have said jihadists are using Trump as a propaganda tool on social media.

Sources: NBC, Mediaite / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)