Ted Koppel Blasts Donald Trump: He’s the ‘Recruiter in Chief for ISIS’ (Video)

I’ve made no secret of my disdain for the small-minded nature that often drives the Republican party. These are really folks who seem completely unable to think beyond a simplistic talking point. I’ve joked before that I sometimes wish I was a conservative because writing for a mostly conservative audience would be much easier. Keep the message simple, prey on fear and paranoia, then just repeat your talking points as often as you can. Most conservatives don’t even seem to care if what you’re saying is true, as long as you’re saying what they want to hear.



That’s why so many Republicans hate President Obama. I’m not exaggerating when I say almost every conservative I’ve dealt with criticizes the president based on completely made up nonsense. They use lines, “facts” and rhetoric that’s been spoon-fed to them by Republicans and the right-wing media. Most of which isn’t even remotely accurate. It’s like I told one of these trolls the other day, it’s no wonder you folks hate the president – you don’t seem to know a damn thing factual about him.

Well, if there’s one candidate who’s brought to the surface just how ridiculous many Republicans can be, it’s current GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald J. Trump. I’ve never encountered a group of supporters so devoid of reality in all my life. He can literally say anything and they’ll believe it, which is extremely disconcerting considering almost nothing he says is true.

Not only that, but his rhetoric is flat-out dangerous – especially the things he’s been saying lately about Muslims. Even the Pentagon has said Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric endangers U.S. security and bolsters ISIS/Daesh’s narrative.

He is giving terrorist groups exactly what they want. You can’t serve them a much better recruiting tool than a leading presidential candidate suggesting national data registries for Muslims and all-out bans on Muslims entering the United States. To say nothing about the ordinary anti-Muslim rhetoric to which we’ve already grown accustomed to for years.

In fact, Ted Koppel blasted Trump on Meet the Press, calling him the “recruiter in chief for ISIS”:

“They think they’re being tough on ISIS and Trump thinks he’s being tough on ISIS. Donald Trump is, in effect, the recruiter in chief for ISIS. ISIS wants nothing more right now than to have the world divided into Judeo-Christian on one side and the Islamic world on the other. It’s exactly what Trump is doing for them. I think it’s time we started thinking about what ISIS wants and then not doing it.”

Koppel is absolutely right.

It’s amazing to me how experts will tell us that ISIS wants a holy war; wants to be labeled as representatives of Islam; and wants Western leaders to spout off anti-Muslim rhetoric – and Republicans want to give them all of that



This is part of the reason why President Obama won’t call them “radical Islamic terrorists”… because that’s what they want. Why would you give your enemies exactly what they want? Why would you let them outsmart you? It doesn’t make any sense.

Battling terrorism is as much about intellect as it is about military force, which is a scary thought considering about half of this country lacks the intellect to fight terrorism.

But Ted Koppel was right when he said it’s time we start thinking about what ISIS wants, then stop giving it to them.

Unfortunately, many Republicans simply lack the mental capacity to understand such a concept. That’s how a jackass like Donald Trump becomes a leading presidential candidate – someone who I fully believe ISIS would enjoy to see as our next president.

Watch the segment below via NBC News:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    Ted Koppel is promoting dhimmitude but his theory doesn’t explain Muslim violence around the world toward non-Muslims. If Trump is IS’ biggest weapon, why are e.g. European cartoonists, Nigerian schoolgirls, Bali club goers, Swedish women, and World Tower employees having such problems with local Muslims? What, are radical Islamists going to start acting out because Trump just arrived on the scene? It isn’t Putin’s carpet bombing that’s bothering IS sensitivities according to Mr. Koppel. What really bother jihadists is Trump’s big mouth.

  • Narry a New

    Hold the phone here.. ( yeah i know im about three hours late to the game here ) This conversation is way gone by. I just want to try and understand something. Who in sam hill says or believes for a friggin second that Deuch,,,, I mean Donald J Trump is in anyway
    ” Conservative ” I wish people would stop putting that on his resume because I am a Conservative. Have been since I was in tenth grade 1982 . Got to prove it with my first. When i had the incredible honor to vote for President Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump has NEVER voted for any conservative as a matter of fact . Just seven months before announcing his “bid” for the candidacy. Or his next marketing gimmick that the success of has him shocked more than anyone. He coughed up $220,000.00. To fight against the likes of Matt Bevin and Louie Gohmert. He was supporting John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi Mitch McConnell. All phony republican establishment has beens . Donald Trump will not be my president if he was elected for the next 25 years.