When Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump advocated for banning all Muslim immigrants, critics feared that the statements could be exploited by terror groups by portraying the U.S. in an Islamophobic light.
Those fears seemed to come to fruition when Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, an al Quaeda affiliate, used audio of Trump in a recruitment video. The video, which claimed that the U.S. has a long history of racism and Islamophobia, also used footage of the Ferguson police shootings and Malcolm X, who was Muslim, CNN reported.
In an interview with CBS’s “Face The Nation” Jan. 3, host John Dickerson confronted Trump, summarizing the video by saying, "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the united states until our country's representative can figure out what the h--- is going on."
“And then the video goes on and says the West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens,” Dickerson continued. “It's saying to Muslims, 'You either join jihad or you leave the United States because of what Mr. Trump is proposing.’”
Trump was quick to dismiss the criticism.
"Look, there's a problem," he replied. "I bring it up. Other people have called me and say, 'You have guts to bring it up because frankly, it's true but nobody wants to get involved. Now people are getting involved.”
When asked if it bothered him if he was being used in a terrorism recruitment video, Trump said, "They use other people, too."
"What am I going to do?" he added. "I have to say what I have to say. And you [know] what I have to say? There's a problem. We have to find out what is a problem. And we have to solve that problem."
Despite Trump's appearance in the video, he isn't backing down from his proposition to ban Muslim immigrants and refugees. In his first major television ad, which was released on Jan. 4, he called for a "temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States until we can figure out what's going on."