Sarcastic or Not?
When asked by the media how they could know whether Trump means what he says or is just being sarcastic, Trump said, "to be perfectly honest, it depends on how it is trending on Twitter."
If you said this was a sarcastic joke, you're right.
Now here's a harder one:
On Wednesday, Trump said:
"In fact, in many respects, you know they honor president Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS, OK? He's the founder. He founded ISIS."
Then on Thursday, Trump was interviewed by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who suggested that Trump really meant that Obama "created the vacuum, he lost the peace," and was not to be taken literally. But Trump objected.
"No, I meant he's the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton," Trump said.
Hewitt tried again, saying: "But he's not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He's trying to kill them."
"I don't care," Trump replied. "He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?"
Then on Friday, Trump tweeted: "Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?"
Later that day in Pennsylvania, Trump reiterated that he had been sarcastic, but added: “Not that sarcastic, to be honest with you.”
But don't accept the liberal media's criticism of Trump declaring that Barack Hussein Obama was the "founder" of ISIS. Listen to Trump's own unfiltered words in this short video and decide for yourself what Trump meant.
Apparently, liberals are not the only ones who are sarcasm challenged.
Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary under Mr. Bush, said Mr. Trump was using claims of news media bias to cover for his own missteps. Mr. Trump’s offhand comment about “Second Amendment people,” which was widely interpreted as a joke about assassinating politicians, was a case in point.
Mr. Fleischer said, “When I first heard it and then saw the print coverage of it, I thought: This is the media again, taking it too far.” “And then I watched the video and I thought: What a fool. This is bona fide. He’s created this problem for himself.”
Again, watch the unfiltered Donald Trump and decide for yourself what he really meant.