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Dem Senator Says Trump’s Rhetoric Will Increase Risk of Terrorism

CNN called out Chris Murphy on his dubious claim on Wednesday.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) claimed that President Trump’s rhetoric would increase the risk of Islam-inspired terrorism in an appearance on CNN on Wednesday.

CNN hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow did not let Murphy’s provocative claim go unchallenged, however.

Murphy argued that ISIS depended on the narrative of a war between Islam and Western Civilization to continue recruiting young Muslims, and that Trump’s rhetoric fed into that narrative.

Berman interjected, pointing out, “During the Obama administration, President Obama used far different rhetoric than President Trump did. There were ISIS attacks.”

“There was San Bernardino. There was Orlando. There were other things there, and he didn’t use the language that President Trump is using,” Berman said.

Harlow then cited the president’s address in Saudi Arabia, mentioning that his rhetoric had changed dramatically on the nature of Islam.

Murphy, undaunted, stood by his assessment, maintaining that Trump could not undo the damage he had already done.

The Connecticut senator has been a frequent critic of President Trump and is often mentioned as a potential challenger in the 2020 election.