Right-wing, racist United States presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire Friday for saying that if he were elected president, he would look into ways to get rid of all Muslims in the country as a response to a question by a supporter during a rally who asked what Trump would do to fix the “Muslim problem” in the U.S.
Trump reassures supporter that he'll be looking into getting rid of all the Muslims in the United States: pic.twitter.com/geo3oxsV6G— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) September 17, 201
"We have a problem in this country, it's called Muslims," the unidentified Trump supporter said during a rally Thursday night. "We know our current president is one. You know, he's not even an American. Birth certificate, man." At that point, Trump said “right.”
The man added: "We have training camps ... where they want to kill us. That's my question: When can we get rid of them?"
Trump, meanwhile, did not respond to the false allegation that Obama was a Muslim and not even a U.S. citizen, and went on to say that he would be looking into “different things” to get rid of Muslims.
"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,” Trump responded.
Per poll 66% of Trump supporters think Obama is a Muslim which is why coward Trump refused to stand up to anti Muslim bigot at event tonight— Dean Obeidallah (@Deanofcomedy) September 18, 201
U.S. -Palestinian comedian and journalist Dean Obeidallah maintained that the Republican bashing of Muslims in the U.S. was not a new trend but highlighted Trump's lack of leadership and courage in countering bigoted comments by a supporter.
“What is surprising is Trump’s lack of leadership and courage to counter a bigot who was standing just a few feet away. Is this really the character of the person who will “make America great again”?” Obeidallah wrote in an article for The Daily Beast website Friday.
Trump must apologize to the president and American people for continuing the lie that the president is not an American and not a Christian.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 18, 201
After the speech at the rally, Trump refused to answer questions over why he had not corrected the supporter over the Obama and the Muslims comments. However, Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager, later told CNN that the candidate did not hear the question about Obama being a Muslim and that he had only responded to the training camp question.
"All he heard was a question about training camps, which he said we have to look into," Lewandowski said. "The media want to make this an issue about Obama, but it's about him waging a war on Christianity."
In fact Trump, was a leading skeptic about the place of birth of Obama. The billionaire even said in 2011 that he sent investigators to Hawaii to track down Obama’s birth certificate.
Despite such Islamophopic comments and incorrect statements, Trump is still leading the Republican nomination for president.
But critics say that remarks against minorities and groups in the U.S., like Mexican immigrants whom Trump vowed to deport if he were elected president, his derogatory comments about women and now his anti-Muslims stance, would eventually backfire.
“Continuous, sustained demonization of a small minority group has consequences, sooner or later,” journalist Glenn Greenwald said of Trump's latest comments.