Trump Believes Hillary Began Fighting ISIS Before It Existed
While Hillary Clinton has a plan to fight the terrorist group ISIS well documented on her own website, Donald Trump believes it is better to keep his cards to his chest regarding his plan.
Critics, however, believe that Trump does not actually have a plan at all.
During the first presidential debate on Monday night, Trump said,
Go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don't think Gen. Douglas MacArthur would like that too much... See, you're telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you've been fighting ― no wonder you've been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.
Trump criticized Clinton for having her chance at going after the Islamic State and spending her "entire adult life" fighting the group.
If this claim is correct (which it isn't), then Clinton has been fighting the group since she was 18 years old.
Born in 1947, Clinton turned 18 in the year 1965. Meanwhile, ISIS was only founded under the name Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999.
If Trump was somehow correct in his claims that Clinton was fighting ISIS even when she was running for President of Park Ridge East High School, then Clinton has been combating the group for 34 years before it was even created.
Fact-checkers had their work cut out for them during the debate, especially with Trump's ability to stretch the truth like he did in this case.
That said, he did have a pretty solid one-liner with that General MacArthur zinger in response to the Democratic candidate's plans to defeat ISIS that are published on her website.
His comments about her fighting the group over the course of her adult life left Clinton justifiably confused about where Trump started his timeline regarding this issue.