Sarcasm in the presidential campaign

Posted at 4:06 PM, Aug 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-14 18:06:18-04

DENVER -- After repeatedly stating that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State terror group, Donald Trump now says he was just being sarcastic.

On this week's Politics Unplugged, University of Denver political science professor Dr. Seth Masket told Marshall Zelinger that political candidates walk a fine line when they try to use sarcastic humor in their campaigns.

"It's always hard to know how humor is going to play, but particularly when you are making a bombastic assertion like the President of the United States is the head of a terrorist organization, that is something that can go south on you pretty quickly," Masket said.

Masket also discussed Hillary Clinton's widening lead over Trump in many polls and how the Electoral College could come into play during this year's presidential election.


Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4 p.m. on Denver7.


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