After multiple terrorist attacks launched across the U.S over the weekend, Hillary Clinton placed blame at the feet of the man she says is responsible for recruiting ISIS terrorists across the globe: Donald Trump. Then she accused him of treason, a capital crime that carries the penalty of death under federal law.
“Donald Trump is being used as a recruiting sergeant for ISIS,” Clinton said on Monday morning. “The kind of language and rhetoric Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.”
Clinton’s accusation that Trump is “giving aid and comfort” to America’s enemies is a specific reference to the definition of treason in federal law (18 U.S.C. 2381):
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
On Saturday, 29 people were injured after a pressure-cooker device exploded. The suspect — who has been identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghanistan-born man — has since been apprehended after a dramatic standoff with police Monday morning. Authorities suspect Rahami was also behind two other terror attacks in New Jersey — including a pipe bomb that exploded new near a Marine Corps charity race.
Clinton, who previously served as U.S. Secretary of State for four years and as a United States senator for eight years, did not explain how Trump was to blame for the government’s inability to prevent terrorists from attacking the homeland. Trump, a New York-based real estate developer, has never worked for the federal government.
Blaming Republicans for ISIS, however, isn’t anything new for Democrats.
During a trip to the Philippines last November, Obama said Republicans were serving as ISIS recruiters by trying to limit immigration to the U.S. In June, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted that Senate Republicans were literally handing weapons to SIS fighters.
.@ChrisMurphyCT said it right: The @SenateGOP have decided to sell weapons to ISIS.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 20, 2016
Ironically, the terrorist who killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando liked Hillary Clinton, according to a close friend of the shooter.
Last month, his Taliban-supporting father showed up at an event and sat just behind Clinton. He later praised her stance on gun control, an odd statement as the club Omar Mateen targeted was a gun-free zone.