It all started with this comment from an alleged Trump supporter.
TRUMP: “Let’s start with this group right over here. Come on. This man, I like this guy.”
MAN: “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American–”
TRUMP: “–We need this question–”
MAN: “But anyway, we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of it?”
I say ‘alleged’ because it has been reported that he could have been a plant.
I don’t know if he was or not.
But Donald Trump’s failure to correct the man set off a firestorm with people lambasting him for not setting the record straight.
President Obama is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian.
And why would it even matter if the President was a Muslim?
Trump responded by saying it was not his responsibility to defend the President.
He then said he had Muslim friends whom he loved and respected, but then said this on Meet the Press on Sunday after being asked if he can imaging supporting a Muslim as U.S. president:
TRUMP: “I would say that it’s something that at some point that could happen, we’ll see. It’s something that could happen. But would I be comfortable? I don’t know if it’s something that we have to address right now.”
TODD: “You said you’d have no problem putting a Muslim in the Cabinet.”
TRUMP: “Some people have said it already happened, frankly. Of course, you wouldn’t agree with that.”
Chuck Todd did follow up by asking Trump Why he wouldn’t concede that the President is a Christian and that the President was born in the United States?
Trump said it was because he doesn’t talk about people’s faith, saying, “Now in all fairness, he said he was a Christian and he said he is a Christian. He attended the church of Reverend Wright. And so, you know, I’m willing to take him at his word for that. I have no problem with that.”
And then there’s Dr. Ben Carson who was asked a similar question on Meet the Press this past weekend and took it to an entirely different level.
“Should a President’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?”
BEN CARSON: “Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.”
TODD: “So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?”
CARSON: “No, I don’t, I do not.”
TODD: “So you–“
CARSON: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
As you can imagine, Carson took and is taking heat over those comments from just about everyone, including his Republican rivals.
Hillary Clinton who citing the constitution tweeted in a word, YES a Muslim can be president.
Jeb Bush denounced the comments; as did Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.
But the critic with the choicest words for Carson was none other than Whoopi on The View.
“Keep in mind, Ben Carson, that’s what they used to say about black candidates. That’s what they said about Shirley Chisholm. She was a woman and she was black, so you know they went to town on her. That’s like saying no Jewish person could run, I mean, why would you do that?”
Food for thought, Carson is an Evangelical Christian and recent poll also found that 25% of Americans say they would not vote for an Evangelical as President.
Evangelicals were right behind Muslims at 38% and atheists at 40%.