Donald Trump, at a campaign event last night, called President Obama the founder of the Islamic State:
Trump: "ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder! He founded ISIS!"— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 11, 2016
This morning, when conservative Hugh Hewitt tried to give Trump an out, he just doubled down:
Hewitt: Last night, you said the President was the founder of ISIS. I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum; he lost the peace.He added: "No, it's not a mistake. Everyone's liking it. I think they're liking it." Just bragging about this trash.
Trump: 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.
Hewitt: But he's not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He's trying to kill them.
Trump: I don't care. He was the founder. His— The way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?
THIS, TOO, IS INCITEMENT. This reckless, indecent, profoundly dishonest accusation is unfathomably gross. President Obama is not a founder of the Islamic State, and the suggestion—any suggestion—that the President (or anyone else) is a terrorist is absolutely inciting fearful, angry, reactionary people to violence. To stop "the terrorist."
The bitter irony is that, if there is a terrorist in our political midst, it is Donald Trump, who has now engaged in stochastic terrorism for the second time in as many days.
And, as I write this, CNN is on in the background, endlessly discussing on a loop the latest non-story about "Clinton emails," despite the fact that none of the emails generating this latest round of OUTRAGE!!1!eleventy! were either sent or received by Hillary Clinton.
They are literally in a high dudgeon over emails that are essentially people networking with other people they know about employment options, while the Republican nominee is calling the President a terrorist, one day after he also suggested someone assassinate his opponent.
What is even happening?!
We are through the Overton lookingglass, or whatever. Donald Trump is engaging in increasingly alarming rhetoric against a sitting President and a presidential nominee, and the media—and, let's face it, lots of average people—are greeting it with an indifferent shrug. Oh, that's just Trump. You know how he is.
Yes! I do! And that is precisely the problem. He is a cynical opportunist who will ruthlessly exploit our apathy by upping the ante every time he opens his toxic maw, slowly but surely inuring us to ever more noxious and dangerous language.
And we collectively just keep moving the goalposts for this fascist fuckdragon, as if there are no consequences to ceding ever more ground to his odious brand of nightmare nationalism.
At this point, we've moved the goalposts so far they're not even in the stadium anymore. They're on Neptune.
That is not okay. None of this is okay.