On Wednesday night, during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Republican candidate Donald Trump said current President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State (ISIL), alongside Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
A few days ago, Trump had already told his supporters on Daytona Beach that Clinton founded ISIL. Moments before, he had also claimed that Russia invaded Crimea thanks to the Obama administration.
“ISIS is honoring President Obama […] He is the founder of ISIS. He is the founder of ISIS, OK? He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton” claimed Trump.
Trump on the Iraq War and Terrorism
Trump seized the opportunity to criticize Clinton again for voting when she was a senator to authorize the 2003 Iraq invasion.
The Republican candidate also stated he had “always opposed” the Iraq war, however, there is a 2002 recording where he claims he would “support a U.S. invasion.”
After the Orlando mass shooting, Trump said Obama did not want to stop terrorist attacks, hinting at his second name “Hussein.”
He also said Obama gets terrorism “better” that the world gave him credit for, but refused to clarify what he meant with that.
During the Wednesday rally, Trump again touched the Orlando massacre, saying that it was “terrible” that the father of the shooter Omar Mateen appeared earlier in a Clinton rally, “with a big smile on his face right behind Hillary Clinton.”
However, as he said this, he had former Congressman Mark Foley sitting right behind him. Foley resigned in 2006 when it was discovered he had been exchanging sexual emails with underage boys.
A religious controversy
Trump not-so-subtle hints at Obama middle name are not new or unusual. Since the beginning of his administration, he has faced a constant controversy regarding his religious views.
Despite Obama stating numerous times that he is a Christian, many Americans still believe he is a Muslim.
In July this year, Bill O’Reilly, a Fox News host released several pictures of Obama in a “traditional Islamic dress” for the wedding of his half-brother Malik in the early nineties.
When Obama married Mrs. Obama, Malik served as his best man. According to O’Reilly, the pictures shows that Obama is not a real Christian.
This is also connected to the theories that stated Obama was born in Kenya, which would make him ineligible for the U.S. Presidency.
The controversy became such, that on 2011, the White House released Obama’s birth certificate, confirming that the current president was born in Hawaii as he has always stated.
A chaotic rally
Near the end of the Florida rally, protestors interrupted Trump’s speech, but his supporters took the matter in his hands.
While Trump asked the crowds if there was “any place better” or funnier than one of his rallies, his supporters were throwing drinks at the protesters, who were then thrown out of Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center.
Trump finished the confrontation between the protesters and his followers by stating there was “so much” love in the room.
Source: LA Times