One of the Republican Presidential candidates, business tycoon, Donald Trump, who is quite well known for this rather radical views, frequently commenting on people’s appearances, ethnicities, and issues like immigration, stunned audiences with his response to a controversial question, at a town hall meeting, held in New Hampshire, on Thursday.
An audience member posed the following question to Trump, “We’ve got a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. You know our current President is one. You know he’s not even an American…But anyway, we have training camps growing, where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”
“We need this question,” answered Trump, laughing.
He elaborated on his statement, saying, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. 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 be looking at that and a lot of different things.“
Interestingly, Trump did not feel the need to correct the misinformed audience member about the faith or nationality of the current President of the United States; President Obama is both a Christian, and an America, having been born in Hawaii.
This particular incident, is reminiscent of a similar incident that occurred with Senator John MaCain. During one of his 2008 presidential rally’s, McCain corrected an audience member when she referred to Obama as an “Arab”. In his response, he said, “No ma’am. He’s a decent, family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues…I want to be President of the United States and I obviously do not want Sen. Obama to be, but I have to tell you, I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as President of the United States.”
Trump, who responded rather vaguely to the question that was quite evidently suggestive of a cultural genocide, has been one of the most prominent ‘birthers’ – those who insist that Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate is a fake.
The current Democratic head-runner, Hillary Clinton, gave her two cents on Trump’s ambiguous answer, by tweeting her response:
Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 18, 2015