TALIBAN ENDORSES TRUMP AND WHITE HOUSE SNARLS AT CRITICS
Deutsche Welle (DW), CBS News, Detroit News and the New York Daily News have reported that the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist group seeking to take over Afghanistan after being kicked out in 2001, has pledged its utmost support for the reelection of US President Donald Trump.
“We hope he will win the election and wind up US military presence in Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, told CBS News, according to Tim Balk of the New York Daily News. Even Trump is seeking endorsements, his campaign quickly swatted the statement, with spokesman Tim Murtaugh miffed and confessing it is not kind of rightwing group that Trump relishes, the Detroit News reported, drawing laughter from Trump’s critics.
“We reject their support and the Taliban should know that the president will always protect American interests by any means necessary,” Murtaugh stressed. Taliban’s support came after Trump promised to have US troops in Afghanistan home by Christmas, which opens the possibility for Taliban fighters to intensify their attacks, Deutsche Welle said. The Taliban also expressed concern over the US president's recent coronavirus infection. "When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better," another Taliban senior leader told CBS News.
Taliban’s endorsement of Trump comes as the Afghan government and Taliban representatives are currently holding an intra-Afghan dialogue in Qatar to negotiate a peace agreement. Pundits are speculating that the Ku Klux Klan, Proud Boys and violent US militias would also endorse Trump, along with believers of the cult of QAnon conspiracy theorists and the Nazi party.