Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a man who said President Barack Obama was a Muslim and not a U.S. citizen.
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American,” began the first questioner at a Town Hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire.
Trump laughed and said, “We need this question?”
“But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”
Rather than correct the man, Trump proceeded to answer his question.
“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things, and 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 be looking at that and plenty of other things,” he said.
Trump was immediately shredded in the media for not correcting the man asking the question.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly played a clip of the question and answer to a focus group of registered Republicans. She also showed a clip of Sen. John McCain, who was put in a similar position when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2008.
The Trump campaign responded to criticism after the candidate’s response. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa tweeted:
Trump stmt to WaPo: “The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians…”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 18, 2015
More Trump: “… Christians need support in this country. Their religious liberty is at stake.” — Robert Costa (@costareports) September 18, 2015
Watch the exchange:
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