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Trump: Obama, Clinton The ‘Founder’ And ‘Co-Founder’ Of ISIS

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 at 10:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Republican candidate Donald Trump roiled the US presidential campaign once again, with the jaw-dropping assertion that Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama “founded” the IS group.

Addressing supporters at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the real estate tycoon said the jihadist group is “honoring President Obama.”

“He is the founder of ISIS,” Trump said, using a term for IS.

“He’s the founder of ISIS, okay?” he added. “He’s the founder! He founded ISIS.”

“And I would say, the co-founder would be ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton’,” Trump shouted, over cheers and applause from the crowd.

It was the latest disquieting utterance from the bombastic billionaire, who just one day earlier made comments interpreted by many as inviting gun violence against Clinton, the Democrats’ presidential nominee.

Trump appeared to suggest on Tuesday, possibly in jest, that Clinton or her Supreme Court nominees could be shot, as a way of preventing her from making judicial appointments if she wins the November presidential election.

The former secretary of State on Wednesday sternly rebuked Republican presidential rival’s “casual inciting” of violence, saying he had “crossed the line.”

“Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments by Donald Trump that crossed the line,” Clinton told a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Words matter, my friends. And if you are running to be president, or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences.”

Trump and his campaign had quickly sought to douse these flames, insisting the Republican flag bearer was merely urging gun rights supporters to reject her candidacy at the ballot box.

Clinton also warned of the dangers of reckless language during a presidential race.

She slammed Trump’s “casual cruelty to a Gold Star family,” referring to the billionaire’s clash with the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in action.

“His casual suggestion that more countries should have nuclear weapons, and now his casual inciting of violence,” she added.