Trump Tweets Debunked Breitbart “News” Conspiracy Theory That Obama Supports ISIS

Doubling down on the Big Lie
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After being severely criticized even by top officials in his own party for suggesting President Obama is in league with ISIS, today Donald Trump did what he always does in these cases — he doubled down, repeated the claim and took it even further by citing a ridiculous, debunked conspiracy theory from the Internet Center of Right Wing Bad Craziness, Breitbart “News:” Trump tweets of Obama administration ‘supporting’ ISIS.

Business Insider’s article explains what this is about:

The Breitbart story said that Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, “received a classified intelligence report stating that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.”

The “secret memo” Breitbart referred to is an intelligence information report.

Michael Pregent, a former US Army intelligence officer who served as an embedded military adviser in Iraq, explained what this is. “I wrote [intelligence information reports] as an intelligence officer in Iraq - they were based on interviews with sources,” Pregent, who is now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, told Business Insider in an email. “This IIR is based on an interview with a source. This is not someone putting their career on the line.”

Intelligence information reports are the “lowest weighted” type of intelligence report in the intelligence community, Pregent said. “The NSA and CIA reports are weighted higher,” Pregent said. “I doubt this IIR was read by anyone at the Obama or Clinton level.”

Breitbart is a right-wing website that often shares outlandish stories with little to no basis in fact. One reason the Breitbart story doesn’t make much sense is that Al Qaeda in Iraq was absorbed into the umbrella group called the Islamic State of Iraq before Obama took office in 2009.

Remember, when he was castigated for his original assertion that Obama was secretly in league with ISIS, Trump acted outraged that anyone would dare to think he meant something like that. Now here he is making it quite clear this was exactly what he meant to say.

I hope the Republican Party is proud of what they’ve achieved, building an edifice of hatred that allowed the rise of a disgusting demagogue like Donald Trump.

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