Republicans seriously need to put a muzzle on their nominee because he is incapable of keeping his mouth shut.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump fumblingly told a Florida audience that President Obama and Hillary Clinton founded the terrorist organization known as ISIS.
In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama. He is the found of ISIS. He’s the founded of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton. Crooked Hillary Clinton.
Rather than backtrack on those remarks, Trump doubled down on Thursday during an interview with right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt.
“Last night, you said the President was the founder of ISIS,” Hewitt began. “I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”
But that’s apparently not what Trump meant at all. He meant that Obama LITERALLY created ISIS.
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player,” Trump said. “I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.
“But he’s not sympathetic to them,” Hewitt pointed out. “He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.”
But Trump refused to accept facts.
“I don’t care,” he replied. “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that, that was the founding of ISIS, okay?”
Hewitt asked if Trump is making a mistake by using such terms. But Trump remained in self-denial by claiming that everyone loves what he said and then repeated his outrageous accusation.
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.
Here’s the video via Daily Motion.
This is some serious revisionist history since it was President Bush who invaded Iraq in 2003. It was also President Bush who signed the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement in 2008 agreeing to pull all of our troops out of the country by the end of 2011. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also refused to allow the United States to leave a residual force behind.
The Obama Administration tried to reach a new agreement but negotiations broke down because Maliki refused to accept any agreement shielding American soldiers from prosecution in Iraqi courts, which conservatives definitely would have thrown a fit about had President Obama agreed to Maliki’s demand.
Therefore, the United States had no choice but to comply with the 2008 agreement.
If anyone is to blame for clearing the way for the rise of ISIS, it is President Bush and Republicans for invading Iraq in the first place. Had they not done so, there would not have been a power vacuum and there would be no ISIS. Period.
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