Donald Trump Tries To Blame His ISIS Blunder On Sarcasm, But He Clearly Doesn’t Know What Sarcasm Is
For the past few days, Donald Trump has said repeatedly and clearly that President Obama founded ISIS. When people even tried to give him the benefit of the doubt and ask if he meant the president created a geopolitical climate that fostered ISIS’s growth, he clarified that he did, in fact, mean Obama founded the violent militant group. Now, Trump’s trying to claim his ISIS mistake was sarcasm, but does he know what sarcasm is? I think not.
This political shitshow began Wednesday, when Trump said at a Florida rally, “ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He is the founder of ISIS, OK? He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.”
The next day, Hugh Hewitt tried to give him a way out, saying, “Last night, you said the president was the founder of ISIS. I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace,” but Trump still wouldn’t back down, standing by his original claim and bringing Hillary Clinton into it too. “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do,” Trump replied. “He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Finally realizing what a dumb claim he kept making, Trump attempted to take a step back Friday morning, tweeting: “Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) ‘the founder’ of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?” Um, Mr. Trump, you did call him the founder of ISIS over and over again for two days.
It’s pretty clear that this man, who want to be president of the United States, doesn’t quite understand what sarcasm entails. It certainly doesn’t mean saying something in complete earnest, later realizing it didn’t go over well (because it didn’t make any sense), and then wanting to take it back.
Feigning sarcasm has become Trump’s go-to excuse for saying something ludicrous. He did it back in July when he said Russians should hack Clinton’s emails, saying at a news conference, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Not only does he refuse to filter his words or apologize when he makes a mistake because of his lack of filter, he’s now destroying the meaning of sarcasm. Lying, making threats, and asking foreign countries to hack Americans will never qualify as sarcasm. Don’t take sarcasm’s name in vain.