As Donald Trump continues to receive bipartisan backlash over his “Second Amendment people” controversy, he went ahead and spewed more insanity at a rally in Sunrise, Florida.
During the campaign event, the spray-tanned Republican nominee accused President Obama of being “the founder of ISIS” and called Hillary Clinton the “co-founder.”
— CNN (@CNN) August 11, 2016
In fact, in many respects, you know they (ISIS) honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS, okay? He’s the founder! He founded ISIS! And I would say the co-founder is crooked Hillary Clinton. Co-founder! Crooked Hillary Clinton!
Even in a campaign cycle that has seen Donald Trump spew some of the most inflammatory and shameful rhetoric, this is still a shocking statement for the Republican nominee to make.
Social media users were quick to react:
I’m reading tweets about what Trump said, and I don’t believe he said that. He didn’t… Did he?
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) August 11, 2016
@PeteThePlanner “I’ll suggest assassinating Hillary. Didn’t work? How about claiming Obama founded ISIS? They still want me? WTF?” – Trump
— Jeff Robinson (@indyjrob) August 11, 2016
Really impressive that Obama founded ISIS while he was an Illinois state senatorhttps://t.co/BBiIHh9gGr
— Reed Strong (@reedstrong7) August 11, 2016
This is just another example of Trump spiraling out control and losing the very small grip he previously had on a reality.
Despite the differing of opinions as to when ISIS was officially founded, there is no question that the terror group was active well before Barack Obama was president and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
As The Week pointed out in a 2015 feature story:
ISIS was born out of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. When U.S. administrators, under Paul Bremer, decided to “de-Baathify” the Iraqi civil and military services, hundreds of thousands of Sunnis formerly loyal to Saddam Hussein were left without a job — and they were mad.
Once again, Donald Trump is putting on display his poor temperament and casual (at best) relationship with reality.
It’s obvious that he shouldn’t be commander-in-chief, but with repeated comments like this, it’s unclear if he even wants to be.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.