Sen. Corker: Trump Saying Obama ‘Founded ISIS’ Went ‘Far Too Far’

August 12, 2016 1:32 p.m.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of Donald Trump’s early supporters in the Senate, was not pleased with the candidate’s charge this week that President Obama “founded ISIS.”

“This has been a very unusual election,” Corker told The Tennessean on Thursday. “And regardless of whether the candidate on my side of the aisle says things that I disagree with or not, if you ask me, I’m going to share my disagreement on certain things and my agreement on certain things. But to say that an elected official in our country founded a terrorist organization like ISIS is taking the facts that took place in 2011 and carrying that far too far.”

Trump repeatedly said that Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State earlier this week before insisting Friday morning that his comment was “sarcasm.”

Corker also said that Trump’s other controversial comment this week — when the nominee appeared to suggest that “Second Amendment people” take out Hillary Clinton — “had no place in public discourse.”

“If I were running for president, I would stay away from personality issues, and I would stick to the policy issues that are going to affect people’s lives in a positive way,” Corker told The Tennessean. “I would not miss an opportunity every day to talk about how I’m going to affect people’s economic lives better. Secondly, I would focus on the role of the U.S. in the world, and how it’s going to affect people’s economic and personal security.”

H/t The Hill

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