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ISIS Calls Donald Trump An 'Idiot'

| by Sarah Zimmerman

The Islamic State released a new audio tape calling President Donald Trump an "idiot," saying that he doesn't understand Islam.

The 36-minute long audio recording released April 4 marks the first time the terrorist group has directly referred to Trump, according to NBC News. The statement was recorded and released by ISIS spokesman Abu Hasan al-Muhaji.

 "America, you have drowned and there is no savior, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the earth. You are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye," the statement begins, according to Reuters.

"There is no more evidence than the fact that you are being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is."

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NBC reports that other translations of the statement replace "idiot" with a "stupid idiot," "riff-raff," or "hare-brained."

Throughout his campaign, Trump prioritized the defeat of the Islamic State, saying that he will "totally obliterate ISIS."

Many of his Democratic opponents, however, believe that his statements on Islam as well as his recent executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries could intensify hostilities between the U.S. and the Middle East.

A modified version of the ban removed Iraq from the list of countries covered by the executive order, yet Democrats aren't convinced that the policy is anti-Muslim.

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"A watered down ban is still a ban," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, according to USA Today. "Despite the Administration’s changes, this dangerous executive order makes us less safe, not more. It is mean-spirited and un-American. It must be repealed."

Republicans have defended the order, saying that the policy isn't meant to target Muslims, but those who could compromise America's safety.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he believes Trump's revised order is better and will "pass legal muster."

"I congratulate the administration for modifying the original order to ensure that it is prospective in application, protective of those with valid visas and legal status, and exempts Iraqis, as five thousand Americans are currently fighting alongside them against (the Islamic State)," said Graham. "I believe the new order will withstand legal challenges as it’s drafted in a fashion as to not be a religious ban, but a ban on individuals coming from compromised governments and failed states."

Reuters reports that Trump is also looking into paths to accelerate the U.S.-led campaign to overtake Mosul, ISIS' last major stronghold in Iraq. 

In his statement, al-Muhajer threatens the U.S., saying that ISIS will not be defeated. 

"Die of spite America, die of spite, a nation where both young and old are racing to die in the name of God will not be defeated," al-Muhajer said.

Sources: NBC News, Reuters, USA Today / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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