Recently, Donald Trump received backlash for not correcting a questioner at a town hall meeting who said President Obama is a Muslim and born outside the U.S.
The questioner, who has not been identified, said, “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims.” He then said Obama was Muslim and asked how Trump intended to “get rid of” Muslim “training camps.”
Trump responded, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”
Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 18, 2015
Trump must apologize to the president and American people for continuing the lie that the president is not an American and not a Christian.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 18, 2015
Shame on you, @realDonaldTrump. “Muslim” is not a slur. You cannot scapegoat your way to the presidency. -O’M
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) September 18, 2015
While many Republican candidates have stayed quiet about Trump’s most recent controversy, Chris Christie weighed in to say he would have handled the situation differently, according to Time magazine.
“I would just tell you that if somebody at one of my town hall meetings said something like that, I would correct them and say, now, the president’s a Christian and he was born in this country,” Christie said on NBC’s TODAY show Friday. “Those two things are self-evident.”
Republican candidate Senator Lindsey Graham also responded to Trump’s non-answer.
“Give me a break,” the South Carolina senator and Republican presidential candidate said in an interview on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “You had a chance here to show who you were.”
“At the end of the day, this is a defining moment for Mr. Trump,” said Graham. “The man in that audience needs to be put in his place by the person answering the question.”