“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation”, replied Carson, who is third in the Washington Examiner’s presidential power rankings.
Historian Kevin M. Kruse noted that the only major part of the U.S. Constitution where religion is directly referenced is a passage explicitly saying “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States”.
Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press“, he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution.
Carson, a devout Christian, says a president’s faith should matter to voters if it runs counter to the values and principles of America.
Trump said he considered challenging the questioner at the time, but chose not to.
Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros took a pointed shot at Hillary Clinton Monday as the Democrat presidential contender continued to attack Donald Trump and Ben Carson for their remarks on President Obama and Muslims.
“This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something“, Trump tweeted, noting that many media organizations and critics suggested he should have corrected the speaker. “I think they’re great people“, Trump told CNN on Sunday, September 20.
Trump, who is leading in Republican polls, did not address the comment about the president and said simply, “We’re going to be looking into a lot of different things”.
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CHUCK TODD: Can you imagine supporting or being comfortable if a Muslim ever became president of the United States?
Mr Trump has since come under fire for saying it was a question that “needed” to be asked and failing to correct the man. “I mean, some people have said it already happened, frankly”.
Trump did not dispute the man’s assertion that militants operate training camps on American soil and said he’d heard others raise the issue.
“So – and even though you’ve raised questions and you’ve investigated this in the past, you’re still…”
“So for the record, was President Obama born in the United States?” “Our current president is one. I have no problem with that”.
Mr Trump helped fuel a “birther” movement in 2011 by repeatedly demanding Mr Obama prove he wasn’t born in Kenya. Trump didn’t interrupt him, he listened, then made a quip about why did this have to be the first statement and then told the gentlemen we do have to work on Muslim extremism that results in terrorism.
“I don’t talk about people’s faith”.
Trump called on Obama in 2011 to produce his birth certificate.