Trump backs away from labelling Obama founder of Islamic State

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2016

With many in the media outraged over Donald Trump branding President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton founders of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, few recall that the Democratic nominee leveled pretty remarkable charges of her own against Trump.

"Did Hewitt give Trump an opportunity to walk it (his allegation) back, did he put words in his mouth?"

On Friday, Trump did a 180 and tweeted that his ISIS comments were made in jest.

"ISIS gained tremendous strength during Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State", he tweeted.

After insisting for days that he had not been speaking metaphorically about Obama and ISIS, Trump finally explained to an NBC affiliate in Florida on Thursday that he blamed Obama and Clinton for creating the conditions for ISIS to flourish by withdrawing American troops from Iraq in 2011.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word "sarcasm" is defined as the use of remarks that clearly mean the opposite of what they say, made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticise something in a humorous way.

"He gets the most valuable player award".

"She's totally controlled by her donors and her special interests and her lobbyists and she'll do whatever they want and what they want is not necessarily good for Florida and our country, and I think we are going to do fantastically well in Florida", Trump said. "He's the founder! He founded ISIS". He's the founder of ISIS.

Sebastian Gorka, author of Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, addressed Donald Trump's comments that President Obama is the "founder of ISIS," and the response from Democrats.

Of the 20 women in the group, five said they were leaning Trump, seven to Clinton and eight undecided or backing a third party.

To that end, Clinton's campaign on Friday intensified pressure on Trump to release his tax returns, while disclosing her 2015 filings and a decade of returns from her running mate.

Hewitt: "But he's not sympathetic to them". Just 6 percent of Americans said they have a great deal of confidence in the media in a Media Insight Project poll earlier this year. "You don't get any argument from me", Hewitt continued.

"Some of them just can't get over it", Trump told the crowd. "He hates them. He's trying to kill them", Hewitt said.

As Donald Trump struggles through a second week of self-inflicted stumbles, the Democratic nominee's campaign has started to push into Republican territory by courting some of the party's core supporters and expanding her campaign's operations into traditionally red states.

"Of course I'm being sarcastic", he said. I mean, with his bad policies, that's why ISIS came about.

Trump has blamed Obama's decision to pull US forces from Iraq in 2011 for destabilizing the Middle East and creating a situation in which Islamic State militants could thrive.

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