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Donald Trump Says Ohio State Stabber 'Should Not Have Been In Our Country'

| by Sheena Vasani

President-elect Donald Trump insinuated in a tweet that the Ohio State stabbing attack wouldn't have happened if the Somali refugee responsible had not been allowed into the US in the first place.

In the incident, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car into a group of students, and then attacked others with a knife. He was shot and killed by police while carrying out the attacks.

"ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country," Trump wrote of Artan in the controversial tweet.

Artan, an Ohio State student, fled to Pakistan from Somalia in 2007 before immigrating with his family in 2014 to the U.S. as a legal permanent resident, The New York Times reports. 

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While Trump says ISIS took responsibility for the attack, others say it was ISIS-inspired. 

Authorities -- such as Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California -- say they’ve seen no evidence ISIS directly instructed Artan, or that he communicated with any terrorist organizations, the Daily Mail reports.

"Here's a line from Dave Chapelle to make it easy for you to understand," explained one user on Mic’s Facebook post about the incident. "On the Pulse tragedy: 'The shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS before he did what he did, which is not the same as being in ISIS. If I was gonna have sex with a girl, and right before I did it I yelled “Wu-Tang!,” that doesn’t mean I’m in the Wu-Tang Clan.'"

But the way in which Artan carried out his attack is causing many to agree with Trump that ISIS is responsible. 

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Following ISIS's plea to all replicate the 2016 attacks in Nice, France, Artan plowed a car into his victims before slashing them with a knife.

"I hate Trump," said another commenter on Mic's Facebook post about the attack. Pointing out that Artan had responded to ISIS's, rallying call to followers, he agreed the terrorist group was responsible.

"Why wouldn't ISIS take credit for it and why would the president-elect be wrong on this?" he added.

Before Artan carried out the attack, he also warned Americans to create "peace" and "stop interfering with other countries" or face further attacks.

The aggressive words contrast with how Artan was perceived in August. Artan -- described by those who knew him as "nonviolent and nice" --  had expressed feeling demonized and frightened after what he saw as a rise of Islamophobia in the country, CNN reports.

"[I am] kind of scared right now," he once told the Ohio State University newspaper, The Lantern, during a time of increased anti-Muslim sentiment some blame on Trump.

Sources: Donald J. Trump/Twitter, AP via Yahoo News, Daily Mail, Mic/Facebook, CNN, The Lantern / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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