Donald Trump seems have lost it, and is being reduced to lunatic raving in order to get attention. On Thursday, he just kept repeating his accusations that Barack Obama is the founder of the Islamic State (despite the fact that the IS was founded in 1999, ten years before Obama became president, and even before Obama was elected to the Senate in 2005).
How bad is it? On the conservative Hugh Hewitt radio show, Hewitt even offered Trump a way out by suggesting “I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.” But Trump would have none of that, replying “No I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do.”
Hewitt tried again, saying about Obama, “But he’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.” Trump, of course, doubles down, “I don’t care. He was the founder.”
Many Republican politicians rallied around Trump during the convention because there was a chance he could win. But now that Trump has started stinking like a loser, they will desert him like rats on a sinking ship. And the donors, campaign volunteers, and staffers will follow, along with any moderate or independent voters left.
And perhaps, deep down, Trump realizes this. When asked how he would win the election, Trump said he would “Just keep doing the same thing I’m doing right now. 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.” Let’s just hope that vacation is as long as possible.
UPDATE: Trump is now pathetically trying to claim he was just being sarcastic about Obama founding ISIS. What bullshit. Trump wouldn’t know sarcasm if it hit him in the face.
UPDATE2: After saying he was just being sarcastic, at a rally Friday afternoon he said “So I said, the founder of ISIS. Obviously I’m being sarcastic. Then, then — but not that sarcastic, to be honest with you.“.