President Trump has had a lot to say about the Islamic State, vowing during his inauguration speech to eradicate the terrorist group and calling its fighters “sneaky, dirty rats” during an interview this week. But the Islamic State has been oddly quiet about Trump.
The militant organization, which is known for flooding social media with elaborately produced messages and videos, has only made a few, fleeting references so far to a president whose anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies would seem to represent a propaganda boon to Islamist groups.
An Islamic State video released last month includes footage of Trump ducking and being pulled away from a podium in response to an unseen threat, images selected to show the president in a cowering pose. Another includes Trump in a larger collection of images of world leaders.
The absence of more material on Trump from the Islamic State has puzzled analysts, especially given that al-Qaeda has gone in the other direction and mocked the new American leader in high-profile propaganda releases.
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Featured image of ISOF victory parade courtesy of AP.
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