Donald Trump, an accomplished conspiracy theorist, is accusing President Obama of scheming with a radicalized Muslim terrorist over the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub this weekend. The billionaire has been hot on the morning news shows Monday morning, knee-deep in plots and deceptions.
Speaking about people coming into the states from Syria and other nations, Trump said on Fox News:
‘This could be the all-time great Trojan horse.’
Trump is now escalating his demands for President Obama to resign. The Republican presumptive nominee was the first to call for the president release his birth certificate, insisting he was not born in the U.S.:
‘He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands — it’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable.’
In an in-depth interview with Fox News Monday morning, Trump doubled down on his attack on President Obama:
‘Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind — you know, people can’t believe it.’
Trump appears to be convinced that the president is complicit in ISIS-related attacks on this country:
‘People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.’
Trump was even more outspoken about his call for a religion-based ban. On Fox, he appeared to be leaning toward some sort of Muslim-based regulation:
‘That man yesterday was sick with hate. You have many, many people, thousands of people, already in our country that are sick with hate.’
‘And people that are around him, Muslims, know who they are, largely. They know who they are. They have to turn them in. They know who they are. They see them.’
When he appeared on the “Today” show, Savannah Guthrie dug into his earlier talk show interviews, and Trump said that the president could have been complicit in the Orlando attack on the gay community:
‘Well there are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. A lot of people think maybe he doesn’t want to know about it.’
‘I happen to think that he just doesn’t know what he’s doing, but there are many people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. He doesn’t want to see what’s really happening. And that could be.’
When Guthrie asked Trump to explain what he meant, the real estate mogul said:
‘Because Savannah, Savannah, why isn’t he addressing the issue? He’s not addressing the issue. He’s not calling it what it is.’
‘This is radical Islamic terrorism. This isn’t fighting Germany; this isn’t fighting Japan, where they wear uniforms.’
But how could a ban on Muslims entering the country have prevented this massacre? On “Good Morning America,” Trump emphasized that gun control could not have prevented it, either:
‘We have many people coming in whose hate is equal to his and just as bad and even worse, frankly, and we have to stop people from coming in.’
‘The problem was that we have a maniac, we have a madman. He could have used a bomb.’
‘He could have used other things, just as easily, just as easily. It would have been, probably, even more devastating. So that’s not the problem.’
On Sunday, the Republican nominee for president tweeted that he predicted terrorists attacks, but Monday he had to defend his words in his Fox News interview:
‘I’m getting thousands of letters and tweets that I was right about the whole situation. I mean, I’ve been right about a lot of things, frankly… I was right about many, many things.’
Trump thinks that President Obama and the terrorists are “sweethearts.” That satisfies his appetite for conspiracy theories. It does nothing good for the country.
Trump will give a terrorism speech in New Hampshire Monday afternoon.
H/T: Washington Post.