Donald Trump just can't let a news cycle go by without tossing out some red-meat morsel to an eager mob of news-consumers. As his polls number continue to fall, he just keeps escalating. The latest being his claim that President Obama is the "Founder" of ISIS.
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewett tried to help him out by suggesting that he meant that Obama's policies had left conditions in Itaq that allowed ISIS to thrive. Trump wouldn't have it though: "No. I meant he's the founder of ISIS. I do. . . . I wasn't kidding."
He later repeated this on other media outlets and at his rallies, adding that "Crooked Hillary" was the co-founder. Then Friday morning, after two days of turmoil in the political arena, he claimed he was being sarcastic when he said that. And he mocked "these poor, pathetic people on television working so hard to figure me out. They can't." Then he declared that he was being sarcastic when he called Obama the Founder. He couldn't quit though: "Obviously, I'm being sarcastic -- but not that sarcastic, to be honest with you."
There are two ghastly points to be made here:
1. This man is asking that, in less than 90 days, we vote for him to be our president and commander-in-chief. He hasn't got one iota of the seriousness required for the job.
2. This little "joke," or whatever it was, also conceals the fact that his claim -- that Obama created ISIS -- is also a Russian talking point. Within the past year, both Vladimir Putin and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, in addressing the United Nations, have blamed the formation and rise of ISIS on President Obama. It's a familiar Kremlin line.
So why is Donald Trump putting out Russian propaganda? Go back and read my post from yesterday (8/11/16) about all the other connections that point to something going on between Trump and Putin that could be very dangerous for our democracy if Trump get's elected. Whether it's a secret, global political alliance in the offing, or whether it's campaign chief Paul Manacort's manipulations of Trump through his connections with pro-Putin forces in Russia, or whether Trump is simply very badly in debt to Russian oligarchs who could blackmail him -- or whether Trump is just stupidly having fun with the media -- any one of those scenarios should scare the bejeebers out of every American right now.
Remember my old World War II slogan I wrote about a while back: "Loose lips sink ships." Trump should not get anywhere near the Oval Office, the Situation Room, or the nuclear codes. I hope the security officials who are supposed to give him weekly briefings now will use common sense and not tell him anything important. He can do damage whether he's an out-and-out enemy agent or whether he's just a stupid, blabbermouth, losing presidential candidate.