Donald Trump on Wednesday, accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, ISIS. The Republican candidate emphasized the presidentâ€™s full legal name: Barack Hussein Obama, in the latest attack on the White House campaign trail.
â€œIn many respects, you know, they honour President Obama,â€ Trump said during a raucous campaign rally outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida. â€œHe is the founder of ISIS.â€
He repeated the allegation three times.
â€œHeâ€™s the founder of ISIS, okay?â€ he added. â€œHeâ€™s the founder. He founded ISIS.â€
Trump has long blamed Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for pursuing Middle East policies that created a power vacuum in Iraq that was exploited by ISIL. He has sharply criticised Obama for announcing that he would pull USÂ troops out of Iraq, a decision that many Obama critics say created the kind of instability in which groups such as ISILÂ thrive.
â€œWe should never have gotten out the way we got out.â€ he added. â€œWe unleashed terrible fury all over the Middle East. Instead of allowing some small forces behind to maybe just maybe, keep it under control, we pulled it out.â€
The New York businessman went on to criticise Clinton, his Democratic party rival for the presidency.
â€œAnd I would say, the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton,â€ he said. Trump railed at both Obama and Clinton for refusing to put a name to radical Islamic terrorism.
â€œOur president refuses to use the term. Every time another event happens, I keep saying, I wonder if heâ€™s gonna say it this time. And he doesnâ€™t say it. And Hillary wonâ€™t say it either. She doesnâ€™t want to say it cause she doesnâ€™t want to offend the president, because then bad things could happen to her if she offends the president. Bad things could happen to her. So, sheâ€™s afraid to say it. Hillary is afraid to say it. She did say that she would say it because of me, but sheâ€™s afraid to say it. But, we have a real problem with radical Islamic terror. Itâ€™s what it is. Itâ€™s terror.â€
Whipping his supporters into a frenzy, Trump pointed out that the father of Orlando gunmen was spotted at a Clinton campaign event on Monday.
â€œOf course he likes Clinton because she wonâ€™t say the words radical Islamic terrorism,â€ said Trump. â€œWasnâ€™t it terrible when the father of the animal that killed the wonderful people in Orlando was sitting with a smile on his face right behind Hillary Clinton?â€
The White House refused to comment on Trumpâ€™s latest claim. Trump has been criticised over the past week for comments he made suggesting gun rights advocates could stop Clinton from becoming president and picking new, anti-gun Supreme Court judges, by using their second amendment rights, which allow them to bear arms.
â€œHillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment,â€ Trump told a rally in North Carolina.
â€œIf she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,â€ Trump said. â€œAlthough the Second Amendment people â€“ maybe there is, I donâ€™t know.â€
Trumpâ€™s campaign spokesman later denied allegations that the comments were advocating for Clinton to be assassinated.