Trump: Press Is Making Terrorists Into Robin Hood

By Susan Jones | December 7, 2015 | 8:15am EST
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

( - The news media is "glamorizing" terrorists, and that's part of the reason young people are susceptible to the message sent by radical Islamic terrorists, Republican Donald Trump told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"I think the press is making it -- they're making -- they're glamorizing these people," Trump said. "These people are animals. These people are not masterminds. They're not even smart people. I will bet you they have very low I.Q.s. I mean, they're not smart people.

"And the press is making them into something -- they're making them into Robin Hood. And young people and other people are following. We have to stop their (ISIS') Internet work. They're doing better at the -- we came up with the Internet, but they're using it better than we do."

Host John Dickerson asked Trump, "Why do you think people join ISIS in the United States?"

"Well, I think, for one reason, they're using the Internet a lot better than we do. And they are brainwashing these kids. The word is brainwashing. They are brainwashing young, impressionable people, largely young. Probably, they're doing it with older people also.

Trump said the only way to fight the "brainwashing" is to beat the terrorists at their own game: "You fight it by not saying mastermind, like you did, like other people did. I see the word mastermind, the mastermind. I call them the guy with the dirty hat, the guy with the dirty, filthy hat.

"They called him a mastermind. And these kids are watching the mastermind. They say, oh, I want to be a mastermind."

Trump was not talking about any particular "mastermind," but the word has been used frequently in connection with the Paris attacks and others.

Democrat Hillary Clinton briefly commented Sunday on the role of technolgy in persuading susceptible people to go out and kill in the name of ISIS.

"If you look at the story about this woman and maybe the man, too, who got radicalized, self-radicalized, we're going to need help from Facebook and from YouTube and from Twitter," she said." "They cannot permit the recruitment and the actual direction of attacks or the celebration of violence by this sophisticated Internet user."

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