Trump Puzzlingly Says Clinton Has Been Fighting ISIS Her ‘Entire Adult Life’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Hillary Clinton called for the audience to consult fact checkers during Monday’s presidential debate after Donald Trump puzzlingly told her she has been fighting the Islamic State terror group her “entire adult life.”

Clinton said that she turned her campaign website into a fact checker for the night out of concern that Trump would make a lot of “charges and claims,” prompting Trump to tell the audience to go to his website instead.

“Go to her website,” the GOP nominee continued. “She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think General MacArthur would like that.”

“At least we have a plan,” Clinton retorted.

“You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do,” Trump said.

“No, I’m not,” the former secretary of state insisted.

“No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life,” he replied, prompting Clinton to make a puzzled expression and urge voters to check Trump’s claim.

ISIL first emerged in the late 1990s but did not gain traction until the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which destabilized the region and allowed the group to expand.

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