Posted: 9:47 pm Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
At a rally in South Florida on Wednesday night, Donald Trump turned up the rhetorical heat on both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, blaming both of them for the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, and criticizing the Obama Administration writ large for not doing enough against terrorism.
“President Obama, he is the founder of ISIS,” Trump said to cheers from the crowd. “And I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton.”
Trump also arrived at his Florida rally with poster boards – visual aids – that he used during his speech, detailing donations to the Clinton Foundation and more – all an effort to focus more on his main opponent.
Trump also turned up the heat on Clinton again over her emails from her time as Secretary of State, as the GOP standard bearer used rallies in Virginia and Florida on Wednesday to more directly go after the Democratic nominee – and the press.
“The media is almost as crooked as Crooked Hillary Clinton,” Trump said to cheers.
Trump also railed against the press for how it handled his remarks on Tuesday about Second Amendment voters stopping Hillary Clinton – “That was disgusting” – as Trump also ridiculed the Clinton campaign for claiming they did not know the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter was sitting in a prime seat at her Monday rally in Florida.
“When you get those seats, you sort of know the campaign,” as Trump said, “They knew.”
What Trump may not have known was that he had someone sitting behind, in almost the same spot – ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), who resigned from Congress after it was revealed that he had hit on young male Pages in the U.S. House.
Disgraced former FL congressman Mark Foley is sitting behind Trump tonight in Sunshine. pic.twitter.com/7WkiElk48E
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) August 11, 2016
Foley told reporters after the event that he has known Trump for many years.
So @ThomasARoberts just asked Mark Foley about Trump.
Foley: Trump has "been a friend of mine for 30 years" pic.twitter.com/3C5baWTdjE
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 11, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.