For the second time in as many months, Donald Trump is writing off one of his statements as sarcasm. After Trump doubled-down on his comments calling President Obama the “founder of ISIS,” the Republican presidential nominee said he was being sarcastic.
“ISIS is honoring President Obama,” Trump said Wednesday during at a rally in Fort Lauderdal, Florida. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS.”
“I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton,” Trump added of his Democratic rival. Trump has previously referred to President Obama and Hillary Clinton as ISIS’s most valuable player.
On Thursday, Trump doubled-down in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, claiming that “everyone’s like” his comments.
“I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum. He lost the peace,” Hewitt said as he tried to clarify Trump’s comments.
“No, I meant that he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump replied. “He was the most valuable player. I gave him the most valuable player award.”
Trump’s comments received backlash on both sides of the aisle. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), the chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump’s comments “went too far.”
This has been a very unusual election,” Corker told The Tennessean. “But to say that an elected official in our country founded a terrorist organization like ISIS is taking the facts that took place in 2011 and carrying that far too far.”
Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in the Iraq War, called on Arizona Senator John McCain to renounce Trump. “I implore Sen. McCain … I continue to implore all of the good Republicans who either support or are going to vote for their party’s candidate, this will be a historic moment in the Republican Party,” Khan said Tuesday in an interview with Conkrite News.
“If you publicly rebuked him, you will look back and you will stand tall in front of the nation and you will say you were not for this, we were for [a] better America,” Khan added.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he was being facetious.