Donald Trump on Saturday defended his failure to challenge a man who called President Obama a Muslim and charged that Muslims are a “problem” in the United States.
Carson was asked these questions in light of Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s choice to not reprimand a supporter who said at a town hall meeting that Muslims were a “problem” in the United States. But i think it is certainly something that could happen.
“This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something”, Trump added.
Trump also cited the hypothetical fallout from a scenario in which, “the media would have accused me of interfering with that man’s right of free speech”, as further reasoning for why he didn’t correct the questioner.
At the time, Trump, who was a prominent figure in the “birther” movement that questioned where the president was born, did not comment on the issue of the president’s religion or his birthplace. But, for me, the most important thing about being president is you have leadership skills, you know what you’re doing and you can help fix this country and raise this country. I don’t know if we have to address it right now.
“We have training camps growing where they want to kill us”, he continued.
The question about faith was in response to another controversy surrounding Donald Trump.
@realDonaldTrump via Twitter Trump said he was not “morally obligated” to correct the man.
In Trump’s defense, he has a very consistent track record of not challenging people when they say things he disagrees with.
Trump went on to slam the president for not defending Christians’ religious freedoms, saying, “Christians need support in our country (and around the world), their religious liberty is at stake! He’s a Christian. He’s the president of the United States for the next year and a half and we’re going to move on”, Rubio said.
Such a person would have the media savvy to pull off asking such a tricky (and loaded) question on a national stage. Trump wrote in a rant on Twitter. “I absolutely would not agree with that”, Carson said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
A new poll by CNN on Sunday found that while Trump was still the Republican frontrunner with 24% of support, he had suffered an eight-point decline from earlier in September.