Murphy: Trump Rhetoric Could Lead to Terrorist Attack in U.S.

May 23, 2017

Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) is worried that rhetoric from the Trump administration could lead to a major terror attack in the United States.

Appearing Tuesday on CNN, Murphy said that the U.S. needs "a commitment to try to stop giving ISIS recruiters recruitment fodder."

Host Wolf Blitzer asked Murphy for his response to the terrorist attack in Manchester, England during an Ariana Grande concert. The attack killed 22 people, including eight-year-old Saffie Roussos. Murphy said that responses to such an attack required a comprehensive approach.

"We have got to complement this military strategy with increased intelligence, increased intelligence sharing with Europe, and a commitment to try to stop giving ISIS recruiters recruitment fodder," Murphy said, emphasizing his belief that enemies of ISIS were providing such fodder.

"And so many of us are worried," Murphy continued, "about some of the rhetoric of the Trump administration, because we worry that that combined with robust online recruitment might end up in an attack like this happening in the United States."

Most recently, Trump responded to the Manchester attack by calling terrorists "evil losers."

Murphy also suggested that in order to prevent a similar attack here, the U.S. would need to "learn some lessons" from Europe—specifically, that the "de facto segregation" under which Muslims live in countries like Great Britain can lead to radicalization.

"I think we have to learn some lessons from Europe. The fact of the matter is in many countries in Europe, England included, Muslims suffer a de facto segregation which sometimes allows for these perversions of Islam, this radicalization, to take root," he said. "And we have to make sure that we don't allow that to happen here, so we have to have a full, comprehensive approach to stopping ISIS and not focus only on the military campaign in the Middle East."

A report late last year, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron, found that British social cohesion had not kept up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration."