Yesterday in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was asked a question by a man who directly said that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American.
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” an unidentified man who spoke at a question-and-answer town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire asked the mogul. “You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”
As you can see in the below clip, Trump did not correct the questioner.
Now, Trump, of course, has been a prominent exponent of the claim that “Obama’s not even an American.”
He’s a birther who claimed he had private investigators looking into the validity of Obama’s certificate — and he has never released any such report or said he was incorrect in his ungrounded suspicions about Obama not being born in the United States.
While Trump has never, to my knowledge, said that Obama is a Muslim, he didn’t correct the man at the event and his press secretary hasn’t either.
Trump’s response is in synch with a significant percentage of Republicans
Many Republicans think Obama is a Muslim, with fewer believing he wasn’t born in the U.S.
According to a recent CNN poll, 43% of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim. 19% said he was born in another country and 12% had no opinion about where Obama was born.
In this same poll, among Tea Party supporters, 47% believe Obama is a Muslim, with 13% having no opinion.
Another recent poll, from PPP, found 54% of Republicans believing Obama is a Muslim.
And what a contrast to John McCain in 2008
Back then, when a woman at a town meeting said that Obama was “an Arab” that frightened her, McCain corrected her politely.
Sen. McCain also said that Obama was a good person with whom he disagreed.
At the time of this writing, while Hillary Clinton has criticized how Trump responded, no Republican candidates have done so.