Trump delivers more bad news for leftist narrative, confirms death of Baghdadi’s suspected replacement

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Democrats and the liberal, anti-Trump media are not going to be happy about the “confirmed kill” of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s likely successor.

Two days after announcing al-Baghdadi’s death, President Donald Trump took to social media early Tuesday to “confirm” the death of his “number one replacement.”

“Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops,” Trump tweeted. “Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!”

The president didn’t give a name, but the New York Post reported that of the two ISIS members in line to replace al-Baghdadi. Abdullah Qardash, known as “The Destroyer,” was believed to be the top guy.

Qardash had reportedly been running the day-to-day operations and took control of ISIS following al-Baghdadi’s death over the weekend.

The other ISIS member, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, served as a spokesman for the terror group and was thought to be next in line, according to the Post.

Kurdish forces said that al-Muhajir was killed in a joint operation with U.S. troops late Saturday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that a senior State Department official confirmed his death, which came shortly after the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi.

A photo of the scene where al-Muhajir was reportedly killed depicts a destroyed truck. In northern Syria, the spot’s on the western bank of the river Euphrates on the border with Turkey.

All this good news is playing havoc on the left’s efforts to take down Trump, as they desperately try to spin the good news into a negative for the president.

Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist and a contributor for Fox News, wrote a piece detailing how the successful al-Baghdadi raid “complicated media and Democratic efforts to destroy Trump.”

Pointing out that “many media outlets soiled their beds” in response to the mission, she wrote, “successes such as this one undercut the narratives they’re trying to force into the national conversation.”

This assessment includes the media’s Syria narrative in the face of Trump’s efforts to get the U.S. out of endless wars in the Middle East.

On Monday, Trump tweeted a “declassified” photo of the military dog wounded in the raid that led to the death of al-Baghdadi, amid reports the Pentagon will release video of the raid that killed al-Baghdadi.

“We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!” he tweeted.

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