During a rally in New Hampshire on Sept. 17, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not challenge an audience member who said that President Obama is Muslim and “not even an American.” (AP)
It’s been nearly 24 hours since Donald Trump declined to admonish a man who ranted about Muslims at his Rochester, N.H., town hall meeting. On cable news, many of those hours have been given over to discussions of what Trump meant, or how other Republicans (like John McCain) have handled similar moments. Some of the most dramatic moments played out on CNN, where Anderson Cooper got into a rare passport-measuring contest with former Trump Productions president Andy Dean.
“He said we’re gonna be looking at that, we’re going to be looking at the Muslims in America,” said Cooper.
“That’s not accurate at all,” said Dean. “He said we’re going to be looking at the potential training camps.”
“Andy, I’ve been overseas more than you have in your whole little life,” said Cooper.
The conversation deteriorated from there. Not for the first time, a national slapfight has broken out over what Donald Trump said, and the slapfighters cannot agree what it was. “Watch Trump’s appalling response as a supporter calls to ‘get rid’ of all Muslims,” wrote Vox’s Max Fisher. “Trump Under Fire for How He Handles Man Who Says Muslims Are ‘Problem,'” wrote the Blaze’s Oliver Darcy. The truth is closer to Darcy’s take — and the controversy demonstrates, for the umpteenth time, why conservatives trust people like Trump more than they trust the press.
If you’ve forgotten what happened in New Hampshire, here’s the transcript.
Q: We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one.
Q: You know he’s not even an American.
A: We need this question. This is the first question!
Q: But anyway, we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of ’em?
A: We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that, and you know, a lot of people are saying bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.
Trump’s bluster at the end was largely interpreted as a …Read More