Trump claims Obama and Hillary Clinton are the ‘founders of ISIS’

Donald Trump has claimed that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are actually the founders of ISIS.

The Republican Presidential hopeful made the surreal claim during a rally in Florida this week, where he was ahead of a closed-doors meeting with homophobic Christian groups.

Speaking about the so-called Islamic State, he said: “In many respects, you know they honour President Obama.

“ISIS is honouring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS.”

As the crowd cheered, he repeated: “He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.

“And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.

“Co-founder, Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

He appeared to be referencing Obama’s Middle East policies, adding: “We unleashed fury all over the Middle East and it was a terrible mistake.

“And then Obama came in and normally you want to clean up. He made a bigger mess out of it. He made such a mess. And then you had Hillary with Libya, so sad.”

He also repeatedly referred to President Obama by his full name, “Barack Hussein Obama”, in the speech, emphasising the President’s middle name.

Asked about his comments on CNBC, he doubled down, insisting: “He was the founder of ISIS absolutely, the way he removed our troops… I was against the war in Iraq [editorial note: this is factually untrue], I was totally against it… that mistake was made, but he was absolutely the founder.

“He gets the most valuable player award, him and Hillary, I’d call them co-founders.

“He calls it ISIL, because he wants to bother people by using a different term… he was the founder of ISIS and so was she.”

“Is there something wrong with saying that? Are people complaining? Whatever it is, it is. All I do is tell the truth.”

Trump came under fire earlier this week for appearing to call on ‘Second Amendment people’ to assassinate Hillary Clinton.