Islamic extremists are cheering Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election.
The president-elect’s anti-Muslim rhetoric will help them recruit more people to their cause, high-ranking members of both ISIS and the Taliban told Reuters.
"This guy is a complete maniac,” Abu Omar Khorasani, a top ISIS commander in Afghanistan, told the outlet.
“His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.”
One al Qaeda-linked ideologue tweeted Trump's win has revealed the true depth of Americans' racism and Islamophobia, according to NOW, which translated his tweets.
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, Iraq on June 23, 2014. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)
"He reveals what his predecessors used to conceal. So his victory further exposes America and its appendages,” tweeted Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi.
ISIS sympathizers celebrated Trump’s win online, saying it would mean only disaster for the U.S. and the world.
“He’ll rule with undisputed control and this will lead to open conflicts with many people,” said one message in an ISIS forum discovered by Vocativ.
Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, New York, November 9. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
“Trump will put the final nail in the coffin of America,” said a user on an ISIS channel.
But the terrorist group wasn't exactly advocating that U.S. Muslims vote for Trump. In an article titled "The Murtadd Vote" released before the election, it warned that democracy was antithetical to Islam.
At one point during the election campaign, Trump called for a total ban on Muslims entering the United States.
He has also advocated torture.
“Trump will put the final nail in the coffin of America."
Some jihadists hope Trump's term will be marked by new foreign military interventions, with one pro-al Qaeda Twitter account predicting the president-elect would make the U.S “Enemy No. 1 again” in the Middle East, referring to the legacy of President George W. Bush, according to The Washington Post.
But the Afghan Taliban wants Trump to take a more isolationist stance on overseas conflicts, calling Wednesday for him to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
"Our message is that the Americans should draft a policy not to take away the independence and sovereignty of other nations," the group said in a statement obtained by Reuters.
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