I’d imagine working inside of Donald Trump’s campaign must be one heck of an experience. I fully expect once this election is over to see quite a few “tell-all” books written about what, exactly, went on during one of the most absurd presidential campaigns in our nation’s history. It’s become such a train wreck that when I wake up in the morning one of the first things that goes through my mind is, “What idiotic thing will Donald Trump or someone linked to his campaign say or do today?”
It’s like I posted on Twitter the other day, it’s becoming exhausting simply trying to keep up with the idiocy that’s constantly emanating from Trump’s campaign. Before I’ve even wrapped my mind around one stupid thing he’s said — he’s already moved on to saying his next moronic comment.
Such as when he said President Obama and Hillary Clinton were literally the “founders of ISIS.”
Ignoring the fact that the statement in and of itself is completely ridiculous considering ISIS began to form in 2004 — and only rose to the power we see today because the president followed through with the SOFA agreement George W. Bush signed with the Iraqi government that Dick Cheney said was a “sign of success” of the Iraq War — this was one of those statements where Trump’s saying something where the actual meanings of the words he’s using don’t remotely make sense. If he wants to say that Obama’s policies helped ISIS gain power, okay, that’s something a Republican could spin even though it’s ludicrous. But to say that he and Clinton literally founded ISIS is just another example where Trump says something that’s not remotely factual simply because he knows that’s what people want to hear.
Well, after taking some flack for his remark, Trump took to Twitter on Friday to declare that he was just being sarcastic:
Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2016
This is what Trump always does. He says something that gets him into a lot of trouble, then tries to make excuses for it by saying he didn’t mean what he actually said or that the media is twisting his words.
Well, I guess his top surrogate Katrina Pierson didn’t get the memo that Trump was changing his story, because after Trump declared his ISIS comments “sarcastic,” she told MSNBC that he was being serious when he made his comments.
“He was being very serious,” Pierson said. “He was being very serious when he talked about what happened and why ISIS is here today, and it is their fault.”
“No, he was not saying that President Obama personally went to the Middle East and filled out the paperwork that incorporated ISIS. That’s obviously not what he’s saying,” she added. “But what he is saying is that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had the intel that they needed to make decisions, particularly arming the rebels in Syria, which turned out to be ISIS, and as Gen. Flynn reports, they ignored that willingly and created ISIS.”
So, the candidate tweeted out earlier that his comments were “sarcastic,” then later his top spokesperson did an interview with MSNBC where she not only doubled-down on what he said, but she accused President Obama and Clinton of “willingly” creating ISIS.
Basically she took Trump’s comments to another level by not only insisting that Obama and Clinton were, in fact, the founders of ISIS, but that they did so willingly — not too long after the candidate she’s representing was shifting into damage control mode attempting to play his comments off as a joke gone wrong.
You know, just like he did with his Second Amendment “joke” just a few days before this “joke.”
But it’s pretty embarrassing when a campaign is such a wreck that the candidate and his top spokesperson can’t even get on the same page. It’s not a good sign considering Donald Trump wants to lead this nation — yet can’t even seem to run his own campaign.
The question I have to ask is this: If so much of what Donald Trump says is a joke (at least according to the candidate), doesn’t that pretty much make his entire campaign a joke?