Trump: "Crooked" Hillary Clinton "should get an award ... as the founder of ISIS"

In another rambling speech, Trump appeared to blame unrest in the Middle East entirely on then-Secretary Clinton

Published August 3, 2016 8:38PM (EDT)

GOP nominee Donald Trump during a town hall in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Wednesday said Hillary Clinton "should get an award ... as the founder of ISIS."

"We let ISIS take this position," Trump said, seemingly trying to say that the United States' Middle East policy — under then-Secretary of State Clinton — bolstered ISIS's strength in the region.

The crowd then started to chant "lock her up" before Trump zig-zagged his way back to Clinton's email scandal.

"She lied," Trump said, referring to the FBI's findings. "You have the FBI director [James Comey] saying she lied, she's negligent, saying all of these things, and now she's running for president. Shouldn't happen. Shouldn't be allowed to happen."

"This was all started by her," he continued, apparently blaming the entirety of U.S. involvement in Yemen — if not the entire Middle East — on "crooked" Hillary Clinton. "They relied on it."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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