CHICAGO — The perverse thing about ideologues is that they’re easy to dismiss when they say something blatantly outlandish.
About a week ago, Donald Trump said that President Obama was the founder of the terrorist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State. When a conservative radio host subsequently gave the GOP nominee a chance to back down, Trump doubled down, saying, “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS ... I do ... I don’t care. ... He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, OK?”
Ridiculous. And few people took it seriously. And, in fact, the very next day Trump said he was being sarcastic.
It’s far more frightening when Trump says things that contain a kernel of truth — and are worthy of careful consideration — like his comments about the manner in which we should screen people coming into the U.S.