Donald Trump Says He Was Being Sarcastic When He Claimed President Obama Founded ISIS

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Donald Trump speaking at the RNC

"I love watching these poor, pathetic people (pundits) on television working so hard and so seriously to try and figure me out. They can't!" tweeted the GOP presidential nominee.

Donald Trump on Friday morning said he was being sarcastic when he told a rally full of supporters, then a radio talk show, that President Barack Obama was the founder of ISIS earlier this week.

The GOP presidential nominee faced immediate backlash for the comments in an already tumultuous week in which he seemed to encourage violence against his rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?" tweeted Trump.

A couple of hours later, he followed up with, "ISIS gained tremendous strength during Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State. When will the dishonest media report the facts!"

Trump claimed Wednesday that Obama was the "founder of ISIS" during a rally, then doubled down on Thursday when asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt to clarify that statement.

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do,” Trump told Hewitt, according to the show's transcript. “He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”

Hewitt responded: "But he’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them." Trump replied, "I don’t care. He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that — that was the founding of ISIS, OK?"

Also on Friday, Trump said he enjoys watching members of the media — whom he calls dishonest and incompetent daily — try to "figure him out."

"I love watching these poor, pathetic people (pundits) on television working so hard and so seriously to try and figure me out. They can't!" tweeted Trump.

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