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Today ABC News correctly headlined ‘Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory that Obama Supports ISIS’ and the Washington Post asked ‘Is Donald Trump Suggesting that Barack Obama committed treason?’ The underlying story is a Breitbart.com revival of a long-debunked theory about a 2012 State Department memo that cautioned against U.S. intervention in Syria because several rebel groups were aligned with Al Qaeda/ISIS. And while Trump went Full Manchurian Candidate, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg argued that President Obama is far from naïve about Islamic radicalism, and may instead be too pessimistic about our capacity to tip the scales in what the president correctly sees as a war within Islam. Is Trump getting desperate as Clinton’s polling lead widens and dislike of Trump reaches new heights?
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