Politics August 12, 2016: Trump claims sarcasm after calling Obama the founder of terrorist group ISIS

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Trump claims sarcasm after calling Obama the founder of terrorist group ISIS

By Bonnie K. Goodman

ERIE, PA - AUGUST 12: Republican presidential candidate  Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on August 12, 2016 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Trump continues to campaign for his run for president of the United States. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

ERIE, PA – AUGUST 12: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on August 12, 2016 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Trump continues to campaign for his run for president of the United States. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

For nearly a week Republican nominee Donald Trump has been calling President Barack Obama and his opponent Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the founders of terrorist organization Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now he says he was just being sarcastic. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, Trump blamed the media for literally believing what he said, instead of identifying his sarcasm. This is hardly the first time this campaign Trump has blamed the media for not understanding his sarcasm and misinterpreting his remarks.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted, “Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) “the founder” of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”  The walk about comes two days after Trump starting blaming Obama for the founding of the terrorist group. Trump made the remarks numerous times over two days before going back on his comments.

Trump again went back on his remarks saying he was being “not that sarcastic.” Trump told supporters at an Erie, Pa. rally on Friday, “Obviously I’m being sarcastic … but not that sarcastic to be honest with you.” Trump continued to criticize “dishonest media,” saying, “These people are the lowest form of life. They are the lowest form of humanity. Not all of them, they have about 25 percent that are pretty good, actually.”

Trump supporter and campaign surrogate Newt Gingrich appeared Friday on “Fox and Friends” trying to explain the GOP nominee words. Gingrich blames Trump’s language, “One of the things that’s frustrating about his candidacy is the imprecise language. He sometimes uses three words when he needs 10.”

The former speaker and the 2012 GOP candidate believes Trump simplified what he meant to say. Gingrich clarified, “When you instead compress them into ‘Obama created ISIS,’ I know what Trump has in his mind, but that’s not what people hear. He has got to learn to use language that has been thought through, and that is clear to everybody, and to stick to that language.”

Gingrich, like Trump, blames the media, but also Trump’s campaign style, a holdover from the primary. The former speaker said, “It was a style that none of his Republican opponents could cope with. But I don’t think he yet appreciates, when you’re one of the few candidates for president, particularly when you’re the conservative … you’ve got to understand that the news media is going to attack you every chance they get, and it’s your job to not give them a chance.”

Trump began making waves with this accusation on Wednesday evening, Aug. 10 at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the speech, Trump called the president by his full name, “Barack Hussein Obama.” The GOP nominee called the war in Iraq a mistake, and “criticized” the president’s  “clean up.” Trump said, “Normally you 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.”

Then Trump accused Obama, saying, “In fact, in many respects, you know they honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS, OK? He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

Trump reiterated the sentiment on Thursday, Aug 11, during an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt. Hewitt tried to spin Trump asking if he meant, “that he (Obama) created the vacuum, he lost the peace.” Trump responded with certainty, “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”

Hewitt still questioned what Trump meant, trying to force him to clarify, arguing that Obama’s “not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.” Trump bluntly responded, “I don’t care. He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?”  No matter what, Trump remained steadfast on his position, saying his comments were “no mistake.”

The GOP nominee made the statements repeatedly. Trump also told the National Association of Home Builders in Miami on Thursday morning, “I call President Obama and Hillary Clinton the founders of ISIS. They are the founders.” At a rally Thursday evening, Trump said again, President Obama “is the founder in a true sense.” Trump said that the terrorist organization wants Clinton for president, saying on Thursday, “Oh boy, is ISIS hoping for her.”

In a CNBC interview on Thursday, Trump clarified, Obama “was the founder of ISIS, absolutely. The way he removed our troops — you shouldn’t have gone in. I was against the war in Iraq. Totally against it.” Continuing he said, “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.” Supposedly, Trump originally supported the war despite the denials.

Clinton responded and attacked Trump on his favorite medium, Twitter. Clinton tried to tie the GOP’s nominee words to his fitness to be president. Clinton wrote, “It can be difficult to muster outrage as frequently as Donald Trump should cause it, but his smear against President Obama requires it.” Clinton also tweeted, “No, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS. … Anyone willing to sink so low, so often should never be allowed to serve as our Commander-in-Chief.”

Politics December 7, 2015: Fox News commentators suspended for tirades insulting Obama with vulgarities

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 Two Fox News commentators were suspended for calling President Barack Obama profanities for his Oval Office speech outlining his strategy to defeat ISIS, one Republicans denounced as nothing new, Dec. 7, 2015
Two Fox News commentators were suspended for calling President Barack Obama profanities for his Oval Office speech outlining his strategy to defeat ISIS; one Republicans denounced as nothing new, Dec. 7, 2015
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Politics September 29, 2014: Obama on 60 Minutes acknowledges administration underestimated ISIS threat

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President Barack Obama admitted that his administration underestimated ISIS threat during his interview on CBS News' 60 Minutes, Sept. 28, 2014
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Politics September 24, 2014: In UN speech Obama issues call to destroy ISIS the “cancer of violent extremism”

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President Barack Obama delivers an address at the UN General Assembly focusing on the fight against ISIS, Sept. 24, 2014

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Politics September 23, 2014: Obama readies for UN General Assembly speech uniting coalition for ISIS fight

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Obama readies for UN General Assembly speech uniting coalition for ISIS fight 

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, September 23, 2014, 12:51 PM MST

President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23, 2014, a day before he delivers a speech to the General Assembly rallying for a coalition to fight ISIS

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President Barack Obama is preparing his speech on Sept. 24, 2014 to the United Nations General Assembly in New York about uniting allies in the coalition to fight ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The president is also lining up meetings this week with leaders of Middle East countries including Iraq, Egypt and Israel.

President Obama is scheduled to deliver two speeches at the UN this week on Tuesday, Sept. 23, he speaks of climate change at the UN Climate Summit, then on Wednesday, Sept. 24, Obama will try to rally world leaders to join a coalition and fight against the terrorist organization at the General Assembly. The State Department has said that over 55 nations have pledged to participate in the coalition against ISIS, with 40 already involved at different levels of participation.

Obama will also convince the UN to agree on a resolution that “will increase the obligations on states to try to prevent and deter the flow of foreign fighters.” National Security Adviser Susan Rice described the goal of the resolution on Friday, Sept. 19, saying, “It will move the ball down the field in terms of the international legal architecture and obligations on states to try to combat this challenge.” As the Hill noted the resolution will serve as an endorsement of the president’s plan for ISIS similar to Congress’ authorization to train and arm Syrian rebels. The administration believes the president might be able to secure a unanimous vote on the resolution in the UN Security Council Meeting he is chairing this week.

Obama will also meet this week with the new president of Iraq Haider al-Abadi, and also the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Then on Oct. 1, Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, after Netanyahu came to address the UN on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden made the announcement about the meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest commented at the daily press briefing on Friday, Sept 19 about the president’s plans for the general assembly, “The thing that I would do is try to convey to you that this is part of an ongoing effort. We’re going to have conversations prior to the United Nations General Assembly meeting with our Arab partners that have signaled a willingness to join this coalition.”

Continuing Ernst elaborated on the planned meetings; “We will have conversations during the United Nations General Assembly meetings with our Arab partners who are ready to contribute to this coalition. And we’ll continue to have meetings after the U.N. General Assembly meetings.”

While Obama will be convincing the Arab leaders to join the coalition against ISIS, Netanyahu will be trying to convince Obama not to include Iran in the battle. Netanyahu believes that Iran is the greater threat to the Middle East with their nuclear capability than ISIS. He wants to persuade Obama that a tentative agreement over Iran’s nuclear program should not include leniencies on sanctions in exchanged for their involvement combating ISIS, as it has been rumored.

President Obama military outlined his plan to “degrade and destroy” the terror organization in his speech to the nation on Wednesday evening, Sept. 10, 2014. Since then he has subsequently clarified his plan would not include American soldiers fighting ISIS on the ground. The president has also dedicated his weekly addresses for the past two weeks; “We Will Degrade and Destroy ISIL” and “The World Is United in the Fight Against ISIL” on his military plan, Congress’ authorization, and a global coalition. Obama will reiterate his message from Saturday, Sept. 20 at the UN; “We’ll lead a broad coalition of nations who have a stake in this fight. This isn’t America vs. ISIL. This is the people of that region vs. ISIL. It’s the world vs. ISIL.”

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Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.

Politics September 4, 2014: Damage control for Obama, Biden’s tough response on ISIS as Congress plans war

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President Barack Obama delivered a statement on the murder of American journalist Steven Sotloff and described his course of action on ISIS, Sept. 3, 2014

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Politics August 20, 2014: Obama condemns Foley beheading, WH warned, Bush warned of rise of terrorist Iraq

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Politics August 8, 2014: Obama updates country on Iraq airstrikes leaves military timetable open

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