Just after Donald Trump was criticized for suggesting that gun owners can do something about Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee has started more controversy with his “founder of ISIS” comment.
During a Florida campaign rally, Trump told his supporters that ISIS “honors” President Obama. He went on a rant stating: “He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton’s campaign offered a response calling the accusation false:
“This is another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States. What’s remarkable about Trump’s comments is that once again, he’s echoing the talking points of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests, while failing to offer any serious plans to confront terrorism or make this country more secure.”
In response to the criticism, some conservative allies suggested that Donald Trump was not being literal. However, Trump doubled-down on his comments the next day on conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt’s radio program. He later tweeted that his ISIS comment was sarcasm.
When Hewitt suggested that Trump meant that “[Obama] created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”
Trump replied: “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS.” The Republican nominee continued “He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way — Hillary Clinton.”
Hewitt tells Trump that President Obama is not sympathetic to ISIS due to the numerous airstrikes he has ordered to take out the terrorist organization.
Trump still insists that Obama is the founder of ISIS even after the radio host tells him that using the term “founder” is problematic.
Trump was being sarcastic when said Obama founded terror group that's terrorized & killed thousands. Everyone chill! https://t.co/kPIva2LYtp— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) August 12, 2016
Donald Trump goes on to suggest that his campaign rally supporter’s reaction to his branding Obama and Hillary founders of ISIS means that the response is positive. When asked if the term “founder” was a mistake, Trump says:
“No, it’s no mistake. Everyone’s liking it. I think they’re liking it. I give him the most valuable player award. And I give it to him, and I give it to, I gave the co-founder to Hillary. I don’t know if you heard that.”
When Donald Trump asked the radio host if he likes it as well, Hewitt responded:
“I don’t. 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”
Donald Trump is down on the polls against Hillary Clinton. Despite his November election chances looking bleak, Trump has continued to make controversial comments that are not likely to help him win swing votes.
On average, Hillary Clinton is up in the polls by 6.3 percent with the NBC News/SM poll giving the Democratic nominee 10 points above Trump, according to Real Clear Politics.
Donald Trump has stated the elections are rigged without offering any proof. Obama has stated that Trump is unfit to be President.
Speaking in Michigan, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump’s economic plan. Trump has talked about cutting regulation and having a tax reform that will have an impact like the Reagan era. According to The Guardian, Hillary Clinton in her rally said the following:
“There is a myth out there that he will stick it to the rich and powerful because somehow he’s really on the side of the little guy. Don’t believe it,” Clinton said.
“Not when he pledges to rip up basic rules that hold corporations accountable, when he wants to scrap regulations that prevent companies from polluting air and water.”
Clinton also suggest that Trump’s tax plan will benefit his personal businesses and save him billions in taxes.
The polls are volatile at this point in the election and Donald Trump is showing no sign of changing his strategy.
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