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Usa elezioni 2016 Donald Trump fuori di testa : " Barack Obama fondatore dell'Isis" . Trump ramps up attack on Obama as founder of Islamic State

Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his attack on President Barack Obama, doubling down on his accusation that he’s a founder of the Islamic State and claiming that both Obama and Hillary Clinton remain the terrorist group’s most valuable players.

The inflammatory accusation comes as Trump has set off another round of hand-wringing within the Republican Party, returning to his freewheeling ways after the GOP convention with overtures for Russia to hack Clinton’s emails, attacks on the Muslim-American family of a fallen war hero, and a suggestion that “Second Amendment people” are the only ones who can stop Clinton.

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On Thursday, Trump showed no signs of backing down or reining it in.

“He gets the most valuable player award. Him and Hillary, she gets it too. I gave her co-founder if you really looked at this speech,” Trump said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “But he and Hillary get the most valuable player award having to do with Iraq, and having to do with the ISIS situation, or as he would call it, ISIL. He calls it ISIL because nobody else does and he probably wants to bother people by using another term, whether it's more accurate or not.”

The Manhattan billionaire bristled at the notion that referring to the president and his former secretary of state as the co-founders of a terrorist group intent on killing Americans was somehow inappropriate. Trump first leveled the accusation at a Wednesday night rally, claiming that Clinton and Obama are the true founders of the militant group because it grew and flourished as U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq.

He said on Thursday morning that he has been successful thus far as a political outsider throughout the election cycle by speaking his mind, and if that ends up costing him the general election, so be it.

“Is there something wrong with saying that? Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?” Trump said. “Look, all I do is tell the truth. I'm a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth.”

“If at the end of 90 days I fall in short because I'm somewhat politically incorrect even though I'm supposed to be the smart one and even though I'm supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it's okay,” he continued. “I go back to a very good way of life.”

Former New York City Mayor and Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani defended the connection the GOP nominee drew between Obama and the Islamic State in an interview on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning. Giuliani said labeling Obama as the militant group’s founder is fair because it was the president’s military and foreign policies that led to the group’s inception and growth.

“I think what he is saying there is legitimate political commentary,” Giuliani said. “Before Obama, ISIS was an almost unknown small little organization. He even called it the JV. Totally wrong. Here is why it happened: Because he withdrew the troops from Iraq.”

While Trump’s most recent accusations are some of his strongest against Obama, it is far from the first time that the reality TV star has suggested that the president might harbor sympathies for terrorist groups. In the wake of June’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Trump attacked Obama’s unwillingness to specifically identify the attack as an act of “radical Islamic terrorism.” Of Obama’s response to the terrorist attack and others like it, Trump said “He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It's one or the other.”

"We're led by a man who is a very — look, we're led by a man that either is, is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind," Trump said in an interview on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” in June. "And the something else in mind, you know, people can't believe it. People cannot — they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can't even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There's something going on. It's inconceivable."

Even before he officially entered the political world, Trump was a regular thorn in the president’s side. The Manhattan billionaire was the loudest and most prominent voice of the so-called “birther” movement, a group who believed Obama was born in Kenya and was not eligible to become president. Trump made regular public requests for the president to make his birth certificate publicly available, which Obama did.

Trump on Thursday did offer an optimistic note, stating that the polls, which have lately shown Clinton with a double-digit lead nationally, “are closing up very rapidly, which is fine.” As he often does, he pointed to the massive crowds he draws at his rallies as evidence that his support is as strong as ever. He implied that polls have failed to accurately capture that support and that “I have a whole group of people out there that people don't even know about.”

“Just keep doing the same thing I'm doing right now,” he said when asked what he needed to do to close Clinton’s growing advantage in swing states. “At the end it's either going to work or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice long vacation.”

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