How Trump Advanced a Shocking Muslim Slur
At a rally Thursday afternoon in New Hampshire, Donald Trump took questions from the audience and encountered an almost parody version of an Islamophobic racist American.
"We have a problem in this country called Muslims," the man said. "We know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."
"We need this question?" Mr. Trump said, awkwardly laughing.
"We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That's my question: When can we get rid of them?" the man said.
The media has harped on this part of the exchange to insist Trump did not adequately "challenge" the obviously unhinged man. The BBC, CNN, the Guardian, the Washington Post all led with a variation on the headline, "Trump doesn't challenge anti-Muslim/Obama question at rally."
But Trump didn't just not challenge him. He openly, and quite expressly, endorsed his view that a) the president isn't American (something Trump spent years promoting); b) he's Muslim; and c) the U.S. should round up Muslims.
Trump's follow-up to the question is what people really should be focusing on:
"We're going to be looking into a lot of different things And a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying there's a lot of bad things happening out there and we're going to be looking into that and plenty of other bad things."
Here Trump implies he's going to look into Obama's faith, place of birth and the rounding up of Muslims. This isn't the same as remaining "silent" on the wacko's statement, it's saying his absurd claim is worthy of investigation.
Once again, the media, in an effort to make Trump look like a lovable clown, casts his vile statements in the most generous light possible and ignores the obvious inference of his remarks. "Remaining silent" would be if Trump dismissed the question and moved on. Saying "We're going to look into that" is suggesting it's a position with merit.
Indeed, Trump has been advocating for years that Obama wasn't really born in America. This line of reasoning, which often goes hand-in-hand with the "Obama is a Muslim" canard, is precisely why he's gained as much support as he has. According to a recent Pew Poll, 66% of Trump supporters believe Obama is a Muslim. This fact isn't a bug in his popularity, it's a feature and a very important one. Just because the media, in an effort to keep Trump in the mainstream — and thus on their televisions — keep acting otherwise doesn't mean thinking people should. Trump isn't "silent" on anti-Obama, anti-Muslim sentiment; he's one of its primary architects.
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