Yesterday, at a town hall in New Hampshire, someone (probably a Democrat or GOP-establishment plant) asked Donald Trump this question:
“We have a problem in this country — it’s called Muslims,” the man said. “We know our current president is one.”
To this, Trump responded, “right.”
The man continued: “You know he’s not even an American — birth certificate, man!”
If you listen to the soundbite, the guy sounds like he barely has two IQ points to rub together, though he did raise a good point about terrorist training camps here on our soil. Hey, broken clocks, etc. In response, the Donald rolled his eyes, annoyed, and merely stated:
“We need this question, this is the first question,” Trump responded with nervous laughter.
But the outrage from all quarters was radiant. How could he not defend the honor of our president from this slur. Imagine calling our beloved commander-in-chief such a horrible thing. Here’s a sample:
Hilary Clinton via Twitter:
“Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out,”
DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz:
“GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s racism knows no bounds. This is certainly horrendous but unfortunately unsurprising given what we have seen already. The vile rhetoric coming from the GOP candidates is appalling.”
Nice job of tarring all the candidates with a broad brush, Deb.
Senator Lindsey Graham:
“Mr. Trump in many ways is responsible for this, by creating this idea that maybe Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii. Saying that most illegal immigrants are rapists and drug dealers. He’s playing into this hateful narrative. It’s now time for him to set it right.”
Segueing into Trump’s faux pas about illegals was a nice touch, Lindsey. Especially since it was that statement that catapulted him into the double digit lead he’s enjoyed since before the summer. And the legacy media’s reaction to this non-controversy is going to give him a boost after Wednesday night’s seemingly lackluster debate performance and the media’s pronouncement of Carly Fiorina wiping the floor with him.
But as this is being written, I just spotted this nugget at Breitbart from Chuck Todd of NBC:
I want to add one more point. Let’s not forget something that former Secretary of State Colin Powell said about all of this stuff, which is by the way, so what if we have a president or elected leaders that are Muslim? You know, Muslim Americans are Americans, too. So let’s also remind people of that, that we have a lot of people of faith in this country. So that was among the—I always thought, the more impressive critiques of these attacks on the president when Colin Powell said and so, you know, and so what if he was Muslim?
And so the damage control against the media’s self-inflicted faux pas begins.
Speaking of broken clocks, a skinny, 14 year old geek named Ahmed Mohammed was detained by school authorities at Macarthur HS in Irving, TX, later handcuffed by cops (because of the school’s zero tolerance policy) because of a very suspicious device he cobbled together. Ahmed claimed it was a clock he made as some sort of science project:
Some people think the police being called to detain this kid was an overreaction, but recall a seven year old boy being suspended for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a pistol and another kid being sent home because he cocked his index finger and thumb into the shape of a gun. Not that it matters, but those kids were white and Christian. But whither poor little Ahmed? He got an invitation to the White House to visit the President, an invitation by Mark Zuckerberg to visit Facebook and is now the poster child for an all new social justice campaign: #IStandWithAhmed.
The ignorant, Islamophobic, H8TR reaction would be “what the hell was this kid thinking, and what the hell were his parents thinking?” A small, metal suitcase with a clock (not shown in that shot), wires, a motherboard and other electronics bodged together, and brought into school, suddenly starts beeping in homeroom. Yeah, my first reaction was Rolex. If you dig a little further, it turns out that little Ahmed’s father is a Muslim activist with links to CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations (FYI an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case from 2003). And it now turns out that Mohammed the lesser KNEW that the case was going to look suspicious. You know, if I was a suspicious sort, I would think that this case is a set up, like that of the Flying Imams and the kerfluffle for the want of an unopened can of Coke on an airplane. Put it all together, and it’s perfect to keep pushing the meme that America is racist and Islamophobic – especially the Republicans.
So, gentle reader, what exactly does the word “Muslim” mean? I guess it depends on how the media wants to frame it, or the person who uses it. I hope Trump and all the other candidates use this to turn the tables on the media for their schizophrenia/hypocrisy on the word Muslim.
TSRBLKE tells me that the large red square on the suitcase lid is the clock face; the rest are the guts. My mistake. I saw Keith Ellison using a kitchen clock as a prop the other day and thought that that was the clock in question.