Donald Trump repeatedly said President Obama is the founder of ISIS during a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida on Wednesday night.
“ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS,” Trump said. “I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
Trump campaign national co-chair Sam Clovis echoed the sentiment Thursday morning on MSNBC.
“I think that the foreign policy of this country for the last seven and half years has led directly to the creation of these cells around the world. I really do,” Clovis said before explaining that Trump likes to state things in “very simple terms.”
Trump also referred to the president as “Barack Hussein Obama” throughout the South Florida rally. He appeared on CNBC Thursday morning to double down on his ISIS comments.
“He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely,” Trump said on the business network. “The way he removed our troops — you shouldn’t have gone in. I was against the war in Iraq. Totally against it.”
Trump continued: “That mistake was made. It was a horrible mistake — one of the worst mistakes in the history of our country. We destabilized the Middle East and we’ve been paying the price for it for years. He was the founder — absolutely, the founder. In fact, in sports they have awards, he gets the most valuable player award. Him and Hillary. I mean she gets it, too. I gave them co-founder if you really looked at the speech.”
We look forward to Obama’s response.