Saturday, September 19, 2015
Trump: Not 'morally obligated' to defend Obama against claims
Asked about Trump's tweets Saturday morning, Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley said Trump did have an obligation to correct the questioner.
"I think any of us who are in the public arena, especially for the most important office of the presidency of the United States, have an obligation to correct errors and hateful things when people say them," O'Malley said at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention. "I mean, it certainly was a different reaction that Donald Trump gave than somebody like John McCain would give when a person wrongly maligns people of the Muslim faith or tries to mischaracterize the President's faith. But I'll leave that to Trump."
Speaking to the New Hampshire convention Saturday, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton -- whose 2008 campaign was notably accused of insinuating that Obama was a Muslim, with Clinton herself saying the then-senator wasn't a Muslim "as far as I know" -- ripped Trump over the controversy.
"His latest outrage, the way he handled the question about President Obama, was shocking but not surprising," Clinton said. "He has been trafficking in prejudice and paranoia throughout this campaign."
'When can we get rid of them?'
The controversy arose on Thursday, when an unidentified man asked Trump when the U.S. can "get rid" of Muslims, asserting that Obama was not an American and was a Muslim himself.
"We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," the man said at a question-and-answer town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire. "You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."
A seemingly bewildered Trump interrupted the man, chuckling, "We need this question. This is the first question."
"Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us," the man, wearing a "Trump" T-shirt, continued. "That's my question: When can we get rid of them?"
"We're going to be looking at a lot of different things," Trump replied. "You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We're going to be looking at that and many other things."