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After initially doubling down on his claim that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founders of ISIS, GOP nominee Donald Trump is now attempting to back track on his comments.

Trump tweeted early Friday morning:

Although his tweet was directed at CNN, Trump initially made the comments about ISIS at a National Association of Home Builders event.

“I call President Obama and Hillary Clinton the founders of ISIS. They are the founders,” Trump said.

After the story garnered media attention, Trump was asked to clarify his comments and repeatedly insisted he meant what he said, telling a local NBC station in Miami, “I meant exactly that. He’s the founder of ISIS.” Trump was asked about his comments multiple times Thursday by multiple different outlets and continued to stand by his remarks.

An hour subsequent to his initial tweet claiming the remarks were sarcasm, Trump mocked the media in a follow-up:

The Clinton campaign, through it’s senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, said the following in a statement Thursday: “It goes without saying that this is a false claim from a presidential candidate with an aversion to the truth and an unprecedented lack of knowledge.”

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Doug Mastriano is a QAnon conspiracy theorist and January 6 insurrectionist who this week won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor. Mastriano is also anti-Muslim: He previously shared an image with the words, “Stop Islam” and a post claiming that “the American People have a right to be fearful of the prospect of a large number of muslims being elected to congress, specifically if they practice Sharia law.”

In addition to running for governor, Mastriano is a Pennsylvania state senator, a right-wing commentator, and a frequent guest in right-wing media. He regularly pushes lies about the 2020 election being stolen from former President Donald Trump.

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