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Donald Trump said Wednesday night during a south Florida rally that President Barack Obama ‘founded’ the ISIS terror army
Stunning claim refers to the president’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq, creating a power vacuum
Trump said the result was the birth of ISIS, a small regional militia which then expanded its ambitions
GOP billionaire referred to the president as ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ while criticizing him for failing to stop Russia’s annexation of Crimea
Donald Trump claimed Wednesday night during a raucous south Florida campaign rally that President Barack Obama and his first secretary of state Hillary Clinton were the ‘founder’ and ‘co-founder’ of the ISIS terror army.
His stunning claim came at the end of a pointed lecture recounting the conditions that led the regional militant group called al-Qaeda in Iraq to grow its ambitions – and blaming the president for creating the power vacuum that terrorists rushed in to fill.
‘In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama,’ Trump said, working himself into a lather at the end of a full day of campaigning in two states.
‘He is the founder of ISIS. He is the founder of ISIS, okay? He’s the founder! He founded ISIS!’ he continued, always crescendoing.
‘And I would say,’ Trump added more solemnly, getting to his election-year point: ‘The co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton. Co-founder! Crooked Hillary Clinton! And that’s what it’s about!’
Trump has made claims before that Obama precipitously pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq on a predetermined date, giving ISIS room to breathe and expand.
But Wednesday marked the first time he has credited the current White House with the creation of the self-described ‘Islamic State.’
Minutes later in what may be interpreted as a dog-whistle to his Islamoskeptic fans, Trump uttered another rarity, referring to the president with his Arab middle name.
Responding to complaints that he had misinterpreted the recent geopolitics of Russia and Ukraine, he declared that the Crimea ‘was taken’ by Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘during the administration of Barack Hussein Obama.’
Trump’s figurative case that Obama ‘founded’ ISIS rests on his contention that the president disrupted a delicate balance of power between Iran and Iraq, two countries afflicted by more than eight decades of border disputes.
‘We had a president who decided he would announce a date, and he was gonna get out by that date. The problem is, the enemy, which really turned out to be ISIS, the enemy was sitting back and actually didn’t believe that this could be happening,’ he said.
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