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Footage Shows Democratic Party Leader Accusing Trump of 'Aligning Himself with ISIS' Hours Before Al-Baghdadi Kill

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Arizona Democratic Party chairwoman Felecia Rotellini was blasted on social media after alleging President Donald Trump had recently “aligned himself” with Islamic State terrorists.

“Another reason that people are going to vote [in 2020 is] because Donald Trump is manipulating that White House and has aligned himself with ISIS,” Rotellini told an audience Saturday in Phoenix, according to The Daily Wire.

The accusation was not well-timed, however, as Trump administration officials would conference in the White House Situation Room just one hour later to watch live footage of a U.S. special forces operation to eliminate Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump would go before the nation Sunday morning on television to confirm al-Baghdadi’s death.

And the president did not mince words in doing so, saying the Islamic State’s No. 1 — allegedly responsible for a laundry list of heinous war crimes — had died “like a dog” and “a coward.”

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Twitter users, including the Arizona GOP, did not miss an opportunity to hammer Rotellini for her comments, calling out the ridiculousness of the claim and poking fun by posting a video of her remarks side-by-side with Trump announcing al-Baghdadi’s death.

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“If a Republican Party state chair had said this about President Obama, the media would have demanded their resignation,” an official Trump campaign Twitter account later commented.

Fellow panel guest Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, was quick to refute Rotellini’s comments.

“I have to say, that is not true. That is not true,” Ward interrupted, later telling The Daily Wire, “It is extremely disconcerting to hear the top Democrat in Arizona slander and malign an innocent person for being aligned with the world’s most evil terrorists, let alone the President of the United States.”

“Baseless statements like those made by the chair of the Arizona Democrat party are wildly irresponsible and not rooted in reality,” she added.

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Trump would not focus Tuesday on the accusations himself, however, instead announcing the death of al-Baghdadi’s most likely successor, Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, in a separate U.S. special forces operation.

Rotellini’s ill-timed allegations against Trump seemed pointed at the recent, widely rebuked, decision of the president to withdraw a tripwire force of U.S. special forces from Syria, where they operated beside the Kurdish rebel forces largely responsible for the Islamic State’s deconstruction.

The Kurds, an ethnic minority widely despised by Islamic governments and terrorists in the region, immediately came under fire from Turkey in light of the U.S. withdrawal.

This Turkish assault, in turn, resulted in the escape of hundreds of Islamic State terrorists held prisoner by Kurdish rebels.

As a result, some politicians and outlets have suggested the decision amounted to an abandonment of U.S. allies for the purposes of appeasing Islamic Middle Eastern dictators and terrorists. However, a ceasefire was soon agreed upon with a bit of coercion from the Trump administration.

Of course, claims that this amounted to a secret alignment between Trump and the Islamic State are blatantly false.

The Western Journal has reached out to Rotellini for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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