Donald Trump Embarrassed as Top Surrogate Completely Contradicts His Claim

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:

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?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Ellen H.

    There is a time and a place to joke or be “funny”, but if you are running for the President of the United States, you shouldn’t go for sarcasm and “jokes” all the time. You might want to get in a few things about policy and plans for implementing that policy.

    • strayaway

      Please explain why you are supporting interventionist neocon policies. No one ever heard of ISIS in 2008 but it now has an estimated 80,000 troops. What isn’t funny is are policies contributing to the expansion of the Syrian war by funding ‘moderates’ who turned the weapons Obama gave them over to ISIS weakening the anti-ISIS Assad, causing death and destruction, refugee flows, and renewal of the cold war cause by Hillary/Obama policies that you want to implement.

      • Ellen H.

        Wow, you got all that from me stating that a person running for president should talk about policy and implementing it. Did I say who I was voting for? No, I don’t think so. Don’t jump to conclusions. Makes you look rather reactionary.

      • strayaway

        You were talking about “implementing that policy”. I was addressing Hillary’s disastrous foreign policy which isn’t, as you put it, “funny”. Sarcasm would not be out of order to assess Hillary’s policy.

        Actually, Trump has addressed it. He claims to want less interventionism and has spoken out against Hillary’s policies including “I would have stayed out of Syria and wouldn’t have fought so much for Assad, against Assad because I thought that was a whole thing,””So now you have Iran and you have Russia in favor of Assad. We’re supposed to fight the two of them. At the same time, we’re supposed to fight ISIS, who is fighting Assad.”

        The wording is horrible but I think he is saying he would have stayed out of Syria and that he notices the ridiculous irony of being on the same side as ISIS while fighting ISIS. He makes a good point that we are fighting Russia if we are fighting Assad.

        Are you saying that you aren’t voting for Hillary? Aren’t reactionaries usually the ones who get us into messy interventionist wars; people like Lyndon Johnson, Bush, McCain, Obama, and Hillary?

      • Ellen H.

        No, I’m not, Einstein. Get over yourself little trumpet.

  • Edward Krebbs

    In fairness to Pierson, after making his ridiculous claim, Trump embarked on his well known pattern. Reporters asked him if he was serious and he answered yes. He had several subsequent opportunities to clarify and each time he doubled down. Then seeing the damage, he came up with the pretext of sarcasm>

    Pierson’s mistake wasn’t in saying he was serious. Pierson’s mistake was not changing from saying “serious” to “sarcasm” at the appointed hour.

  • DeeDee2Die4

    The joke is Drumpf. The millions that foam at the mouth over this orange, blow up doll filled with puke are the worst part of this bad joke.

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