At a Wednesday rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Donald Trump repeatedly stated that President Obama is the founder of ISIS, and that Hillary Clinton is the co-founder.
After remarking that the U.S. made a mistake in invading Iraq in 2003 (a mistake Trump now falsely claims he spotted from the beginning) and alleging that both Obama and Clinton subsequently made an even bigger mess of U.S. policy in the Middle East, Trump then took his accusations against the two Democrats vis-à-vis terrorism and the Middle East much, much further:
“In fact, in many respects, you know, they honor President Obanam [sic]. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS, ok. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton — co-founder, crooked Hillary Clinton.”
Not only did Trump make his point emphatically and repeatedly on Wednesday night, he reiterated his message on CNBC on Thursday morning:
“He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely. The way he removed our troops — you shouldn’t have gone in. I was against the war in Iraq. Totally against it. That mistake was made. It was a horrible mistake — one of the worst mistakes in the history of our country. We destabilized the Middle East and we’ve been paying the price for it for years. He was the founder — absolutely, the founder. In fact, in sports they have awards, he gets the most valuable player award. Him and Hillary. I mean she gets it, too. I gave them co-founder if you really looked at the speech.”
These remarks come after another set of highly controversial statements from the Republican presidential nominee earlier this week at a rally in North Carolina where he floated the idea that if Clinton were elected and able to appoint pro-gun control justices, that “the Second Amendment people” could perhaps take matters into their own hands.
Surely, statements like these are why TIME, in a new cover story released online just this morning, declared that we are now in the middle of Donald Trump’s “meltdown” — one that has “the GOP reconsidering its strategy for November.”
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