WASHINGTON -- With Americans still reeling from the recent GOP nomination of Donald Trump and his ongoing presidential campaign, terrorist organization ISIS have claimed responsibility for the political ordeal.
The Trump campaign is the latest atrocity for which ISIS has taken credit, after doing so for a series of more directly violent attacks in the US and Europe.
Amaq news, a Syrian media outlet with close ties to the Islamic State, recently published a statement claiming that the ongoing Donald Trump campaign was in fact the "brainchild" of ISIS.
The statement claims that ISIS sought to add credence to their gruesome attacks, and even inspire new ones, by propping up an American presidential nominee they knew would spew as much anti-Islamic rhetoric as possible.
According to Amaq, the basis of anti-American sentiment in the Arab world used to involve global economic and cultural domination by American multinationals, as well as a heavily interventionist and generally pro-Israeli military policy.
But, they say, in the last few years outspoken Islamophobes such as Donald Trump have made anti-American sentiment much simpler.
"A candidate for the American presidency who openly badmouths Islam and its followers?" the statement reads. "What more could we ask for to rally support from those around us?"
The statement is vague on the details of the Islamic State's involvement in the Trump campaign, but it does insist that it has never given Trump specific language to use in his speeches or on his Twitter account.
"We knew if we picked the right person, his hate and ignorance would shine through on its own," it reads.
The Trump campaign and the GOP have yet to confirm or deny any connections to or support from ISIS, but after comparisons to the rhetoric of Adolf Hitler and the campaign's use of Third Reich imagery in its graphics failed to sway the opinions of Trump supporters, many political analysts do not anticipate the claim doing much in the way of voter damage to the candidate.