Trump labels Obama, ‘founder of ISIS’
Donald Trump has described President Barack Obama as “the founder of ISIS”. He also accused his rival, Hillary Clinton of being “co-founder” of the fundamentalist organisation as he intensified his attacks on the Democratic Party.
Trump’s remarks came 24 hours after he generated widespread outrage by suggesting to supporters that shooting Clinton may be the only way to stop her seeking gun controls.
Speaking at a rally in Sunrise, Florida, Trump said: “We unleashed fury all over the Middle East and it was a terrible mistake. And then Obama came in and normally you would want to clean up. He made a bigger mess out of it. He made such a mess. And then you had Hillary with Libya, so sad.”
Trump then repeated his claim that the president had founded the Jihadi militant organisation three times.
“In fact, in many respects, you know they honour President Obama, ISIS is honouring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.
“And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton. Co-founder. Crooked Hillary Clinton.”
In agreement with the former reality star, the crowd in Florida promptly chanted “lock her up!”,
While claiming that Obama had founded the terrorist group, Trump also referred to the president by his full name – Barack Hussein Obama – which critics have said is an attempt to imply that Obama is a Muslim.
Trump had previously suggested that Obama is a Muslim – a claim echoed by his New York campaign co-chairman Carl Paladino, who last week said of the president: “In the mind of the average American, there is no doubt he is a Muslim. He is not a Christian.”
This is not the first time Trump has blamed the current US administration for the creation of ISIS.
It would be recalled that on 17 July, Trump said: “Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies.”
Earlier this month Trump also directly accused her of being “the devil”.