Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to stir up controversy for insisting U.S. President Barack Obama is the founder of Islamic State and appears oblivious to the negative consequences his inflammatory claim may have on his presidential campaign.
Trump was interviewed on Thursday on CNBC’s Squawk Box and later by conservative host Hugh Hewitt.
During the interviews, Trump doubled down on the controversial statement and questioned if it caused some controversy.
“Is there something wrong with saying that? Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?” Trump asked.
It is already well established across political circles that the historical founder of ISIS is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant Islamist who was killed by a U.S. airstrike in June 2006.
Besides the fact that the controversial statement is false and misleading, it comes at a bad time for Donald Trump when his presidential campaign is losing momentum and leaders across the Republican Party are growing more weary over his divisive language and question his electability to win in the general election.
Fox News reported yesterday that “dozens of Republicans, including ex-lawmakers and former party staffers- have signed a letter urging Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to ‘suspend’ funding for Donald Trump’s campaign and divert all resources to congressional races.”
When interviewed on Thursday by Hugh Hewitt, Trump was given an opportunity to reframe his wording over whether he truly meant to say that President Obama is the “founder of ISIS.”
“You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace?” Hewitt asked Trump.
“No I meant that he is the founder of ISIS, I do” Trump insisted.
Trump later explained that President Obama became the founder of ISIS because of the way that he had the U.S. military exit Iraq.
“He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that, that was the founding of ISIS, O.K.?”
U.S. military troops began exiting Iraq through the intervention of the Bush administration in December 2007, a fact that Donald Trump seems to have overlooked or simply didn’t know.
President Obama carried out the exit strategy from Iraq during his first term as president which began in 2008.
According to Donald Trump’s loose associations, carrying out the Iraq exit strategy means that President Obama inadvertently “founded” ISIS.
Trump has come under heavy criticism from Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton for having a fiery temperament and being too dangerous and unpredictable for the Oval Office.
On Thursday Hilary Clinton gave an economic speech from Warren, Michigan which followed Donald Trump’s economic speech on Monday.
During her speech, Clinton criticized Trump’s tax plan and explained that it would benefit corporations and the wealthy while adding to the national debt and resulting in big cuts.
“He would give trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, and Wall St. money managers. That would explode our national debt and eventually lead to massive cuts in priorities like education, healthcare, and environmental protection” Clinton said.