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Trump lets claim Obama is Muslim stand

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall event Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall event Thursday in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim and said he’d be “looking at” claims of militant training camps on American soil.

Trump, who has a history of making controversial remarks about immigrants and other groups, was kicking off a town hall event Thursday evening in Rochester, New Hampshire — his first since Wednesday’s second Republican primary debate.

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” said the first man Trump called on to ask a question. “We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”

Trump, who was a driver of the “birther” movement that claimed Obama wasn’t born in the U.S, first responded with feigned exasperation — “We need the question,” he said, to laughs — but let the man continue.

“We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question,” the questioner continued. “When can we get rid of it?”

Trump did not dispute the man’s assertions and said he’d heard others raise the issue.

“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. And you know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there,” said Trump. “We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”

The incident evoked a moment during the 2008 campaign when Republican nominee John McCain took the microphone away from a woman who said she didn’t trust Obama because he was an “Arab.”

Trump’s questions about the president’s country of birth helped build his stature among some conservative voters and pushed Obama to release a copy of his birth certificate in 2011. But the billionaire businessman has distanced himself from the issue during his current run.

Trump’s town hall, in a sweaty auditorium in Rochester, was also interrupted several times by a protester, whose outbursts were met by hostility from the friendly crowd.

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2 thoughts on “Trump lets claim Obama is Muslim stand”

  1. He is a Muslim.. so Trump shouldnt have argued with him… or even tried to defend him…..Obama has lied to us for 7 years.. We are sick of it.. He is incompetent.. corrupt.. a pathological liar… an empty suit….

  2. After Wednesday night’s debate, the crass, anti-establishment Trump now has a new “face” in the fray to contend with. It’s an energized Carly Fiorina.

    Indeed, she deftly put him (and the rest of the field) in their places during the debate.

    And there’s going to come a point when the electorate will eventually tire of Trump’s ever-more outrageous mutterings. Throwing “turds” in “punch bowls” to shake up the pundits and the political elite is one thing.

    But electing someone to the Presidency that won’t be (yet another) total embarrassment for the country is quite a different matter altogether.

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