As messages congratulating President-elect Donald Trump continued to pour in Wednesday morning from such international characters as Vladimir Putin, Marine Le Pen, and former KKK leader David Duke, the news of the Republican candidate’s electoral victory over Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton was also greeted with enthusiasm by several leading lights of global jihadism.
Seeing in Trump’s election proof positive of the irredeemable wickedness of Western society, these senior Salafist-jihadist authorities thrilled at the ruin they said the new president would visit upon the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.
Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, for example, a veteran Al-Qaeda-linked ideologue once described as “the most influential living jihadi theorist,” took to Twitter to share his excitement with his 56,000 followers.
“#Trump’s term may be the beginning of America’s fragmentation and the era of its breakup,” Maqdisi declared.
“#Trump reveals the true mentality of the Americans, and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything. He reveals what his predecessors used to conceal. So his victory further exposes #America and its appendages,” Maqdisi added in a second tweet.
“Have you seen how pleasant a society it is!” tweeted fellow Salafist-jihadist heavyweight Abu Qatada al-Filastini to his 63,000 followers. “This is the American society that [supposedly] opposes its leaders’ policies by not hating or disdaining the world, and then it votes by the millions for Trump!”
“Trump’s victory is a powerful slap to those promoting the benefits of democratic mechanisms,” opined Hamza al-Karibi, a media official with the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly Al-Qaeda’s official Syrian subsidiary (credit to Sam Heller for finding the tweet).
“Trumps [sic] winning might be bad for us in the short run. However, it is better for Muslims in the long run as he’ll ruin the US,” asserted Egyptian Salafist-jihadist Dr. Tariq Abdel Haleem (credit to Cole Bunzel for that one).
Not that jihadists were the only ones celebrating in the Middle East. Supporters of dictators such as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likewise hailed the news, apparently seeing in Trump a kindred spirit of sorts.
“A happy and blessed morning to you,” tweeted the Iraqi cleric Ayad Jamal al-Din to his 50,000 followers. “Trump’s overwhelming victory […] is a defeat for all the proselytizers and patrons of backwardness and barbarism in the Middle East.”
In case it was unclear what exactly he meant by that, he clarified in a follow-up tweet:
“Trump’s win is a victory for the Arab leaders Bashar al-Assad and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.”