Opportunists took advantage of the media frenzy over suspected terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami by snatching up the domain www.FirstAmericanFriedChicken.com and redirecting it to www.DonaldJTrump.com, Metro discovered.
By Monday afternoon, a website apparently posing as the restaurant owned by the family of the man being held in connection to multiple explosions and planted bombs became a pawn in the presidential race. The Elizabeth, New Jersey, eatery, First American Fried Chicken, did not appear to currently have a website or own the domain that was being directed to www.FirstAmericanFriedChicken.com, according to an Internet search.
It is not yet known whether the publicity manipulation was conducted by the Trump campaign, by supporters, or from haters wanting to make Trump look like he’s seizing on a new opportunity for self-aggrandizement.
Trump has been trying to leverage his message of immigration reform in the wake of the attacks in New York. He's been tweeting in the last 48 hours and remarking to media, stumping for himself as the candidate who can make America safe and put an end to attacks and enemy infiltration.
“Under the leadership of Obama & Clinton, Americans have experienced more attacks at home than victories abroad. Time to change the playbook!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Shortly after the shootout that brought Rahami into police custody Trump tweeted “Once again someone we were told is ok turns out to be a terrorist who wants to destroy our country & its people- how did he get thru system?”
Metro’s inquiries to the Trump campaign were not immediately answered.