US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has accused the Western media of “glamorizing” terrorists.
“I think the press is making it – they’re glamorizing these people,” Trump told CBS on Sunday. “These people are animals.”
“And the press is making them into something; they’re making them into Robin Hood,” he added. “And young people, and other people, are following.”
Speaking days after last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14 people, Trump said the media should stop referring to those who plot such attacks as “masterminds.”
“I see the word ‘mastermind,’ ‘the mastermind.’ I call him the guy with the dirty hat, the guy with the filthy, dirty hat,” the billionaire said. “They called him a mastermind, and the kids are watching the mastermind and they say, ‘Oh, I want to be a mastermind.’”
“These people are not masterminds. They’re not even smart people. I bet you they have very low IQs, they’re not smart people,” the real-estate mogul added.
Trump also said the country’s “tremendous problem” with terrorism will go away when President Barack Obama “gets the hell out” of office. He criticized Obama for not linking terrorism with Islam.
“Until he admits that this is a problem, we’re never gonna solve the problem,” he said. “But he’s only gonna be there, fortunately, a little bit more than a year. Because the problem will get solved when he gets the hell out.”
According to the latest CNN/ORC national poll, 36 percent of registered voters in the US that are Republican or Republican-leaning, support Trump, while his nearest competitor, Texas Senator ted Cruz, is 20 points behind.
The new poll finds the businessman with his broadest support since the announcement of his candidacy in June.
Trump has drawn strong criticism and disbelief from legal experts and the public for saying that he would require American Muslims to register in a database in response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
Trump said Sunday that he was not stoking the fears of Americans over terrorism. “I’m not playing on fears. I’m playing on common sense.”