But sometimes us LESSER INTELLECTS fail to comprehend his SARCASM. Bigly!
Trump: "ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder! He founded ISIS!"
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 11, 2016
Crowd cheers Trump calling Obama "the founder of ISIS," then immediately boos mention of Syrian refugees coming to US–who are fleeing ISIS.
— David Harris-Gershon (@David_EHG) August 11, 2016
If Obama was the founder of ISIS Republicans might actually find a way to stop it
— Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap) August 11, 2016
The only reason I believe @realDonaldTrump didn't found ISIS is because ISIS is still around.
— Jena Friedman (@JenaFriedman) August 11, 2016
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) August 11, 2016
Donald Trump said Thursday that he meant exactly what he said when he called President Barack Obama the “founder of ISIS” and objected when a conservative radio show host tried to clarify the GOP nominee’s position.
Trump was asked by host Hugh Hewitt about the comments Trump made Wednesday night in Florida, and Hewitt said he understood Trump to mean “that he (Obama) created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump said. “I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Hewitt pushed back again, saying that Obama is “not sympathetic” to ISIS and “hates” and is “trying to kill them.”
“I don’t care,” Trump said, according to a show transcript. “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?”
Hewitt and Trump went back and forth after that, with Hewitt warning Trump that his critics would seize on his use of “founder” as more example of Trump being loose with words…
But the GOP nominee remained steadfast, saying it was “no mistake” what he said, standing by his labeling of the Democratic opponent as a “co-founder.”
“Do you not like that?” Trump asked Hewitt.
“I think I would say they created, they lost the peace. They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn’t create ISIS. That’s what I would say,” Hewitt said.
“Well, I disagree,” Trump replied, and Hewitt moved on…
Moving right along — key Hugh Hewitt skill.
ISIS was actually founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. #factcheck
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 11, 2016
BTW, Trumps line that Obama founded ISIS echoes exactly a myth propagated by Russian state-controlled media and bloggers.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) August 11, 2016
Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2016
I know sarcasm. Sarcasm is a very good friend of mine. And you, sir, we're not being sarcastic. https://t.co/keZY6J8Nxk
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) August 12, 2016
Trump’s “base”, of course, will continue to believe President Obama founded ISIS. They saw Trump say so, on the teevee! — ya can’t say stuff on the teevee if it’s not true, can ya?