In the Name of God, the Extremely and Everlastingly Loving and Caring
Although really not surprising that it would occur at a Donald Trump rally, the Republican Presidential candidate found himself in hot water after he failed to correct a questioner’s comments about Muslims and President Obama:
“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 at a rally Thursday night. “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.”
The real estate mogul did not correct the questioner about his claims about Obama before moving on to another audience member.
His silence at the horrific sentiments in the question was deafening and alarming. And it begs the question: does he agree that there is a problem in this country called “Muslims”? Does he agree that they should be “gotten rid of”?
And if he does believe this, then who would he get rid of first? Would it be basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Or perhaps Hakeem Olajuwon? Would he “get rid” of boxer and American sports icon Muhammad Ali? Or would he start with the award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad? What about Shaquille O’Neal?
Would he get rid of Dr. Elias Zerhouni, the former director the National Institutes of Health appointed by fellow Republican George W. Bush? Or, would he get rid of Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry?
Given that Mr. Trump is a successful businessman, as he constantly reminds us, would he get rid of Mohamed A. El-Arian, CEO of PIMCO, which manages over $1 trillion in assets? Or, maybe Jawad Karim, the co-founder of YouTube? Oh, wait, I know: he should get rid of Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
How about all the Muslims in the entertainment industry, like rappers Lupe Fiasco, or Q-tip, or T-Pain (LOVE the apps with his namesake)? Or, how about comedian Dave Chappelle? Would he get rid of him? I wonder if Mr. Trump would have supermodel Iman in his sights? Or maybe even Dr. Oz?
I can go on and on. Muslims are part and parcel of the fabric of America, and to “get rid of them” is as preposterous as seeking to get rid of any Americans of whatever ethnic or religious group. Such hatred is unbecoming of America, and Mr. Trump should of called it out then and there. It is a shame he did not.