Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump suggested yesterday that Barack Obama is literally the founder of ISIS — a terror organization that has killed hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people all around the world.
“In fact, in many respects, they honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring Obama. He is the founder of ISIS.”
Now, Trump has made comments like this before. And usually he is straightened out by his legion of advisors and comes out and clarifies what he “actually” meant. However, Trump is standing by the literal meaning of what he said here.
Trump had a radio interview with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, who generously tried to clarify the remarks.
Hewitt explained that his interpretation of the remarks was, “that [Obama] created the vacuum, he lost the peace,” and THAT action was what brought up the rise of ISIS.
Trump, however, is having none of it. He waves away Hewitt’s interpretation, and insists that Obama is ISIS’ actual founder:
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. 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.”
For the record, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS. That would be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who rallied anti-United States forces into a coalition in 2006. This group eventually became the organization we know today as ISIS or ISIL.