For once, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is in trouble for something he didn’t say as opposed to something he did. Specifically, he’s taking heat for his failure to defend Barack Obama when one of his supporters questioned his Christian faith.
“We have a problem in this country,” said a man attending Trump’s rally in New Hampshire Thursday night. “It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American — birth certificate, man … We have training camps growing, where they want to kill us. That’s my question. When can we get rid of them?”
Trump looked around. “This is how we’re starting?”
After some laughs, Trump went on to say, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to look at that and plenty of other things.”
Not much meat on the bones of that answer, but that didn’t stop a legion of liberal critics from slamming the GOP frontrunner. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz issued a statement reading: “Donald Trump’s racism knows no bounds. This is certainly horrendous but unfortunately unsurprising given what we have seen already. The vile rhetoric coming from the GOP candidates is appalling.”
Others piled on, demanding to know why Trump didn’t insist that Obama was both an American and a Christian. Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was inspired to personally use her Twitter account to say, “Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out.”
But why is it so offensive to suggest that Obama is a Muslim? Has he ever spoken of the religion in anything but glowing terms? Was his father not a Muslim? Are there not pictures showing him in Muslim garb and participating in Muslim ceremonies? He claims to be a Christian, and perhaps he’s telling the truth, but there is a lot of evidence to suggest his sympathies lie elsewhere. Why should it be up to Donald Trump to “correct” the man when he has absolutely no way of knowing the truth? None of us do!
But according to the left, anyone who believes that he is a Muslim is wrong. Period. End of story. They are incorrect and misinformed. Offensive and racist.
But why, if Islam is this great religion of peace and love, would it be offensive to suggest that the president might belong to that religion? It should be a tremendous honor, right?
No, apparently it’s “disturbing.” Well, it is, Hillary, but not in the way you think.