Candidate Donald Trump Avoids Question About Obama Being Muslim

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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)

We recently reported on Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump agreeing that not only do vaccines cause autism, but that one of his employees’ children has autism due to vaccination.  Now, the mainstream media is blasting Trump for cleverly avoiding a question about whether or not President Obama is a muslim.

According to Business Insider:

The first questioner called US President Barack Obama a Muslim, accused him of not being an American, and asked Trump when America can get rid of Muslim “training camps” in the US.

“We have a problem in this country — it’s called Muslims,” the man said. “We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American — birth certificate, man! We have training camps growing, where they want to kill us. That’s my question. When can we get rid of them?”

Trump responded by steering clear of the question entirely and giving a vague catch-all statement before quickly calling for another question.

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

The incident looks like classic off-the-cuff damage control, but it does raise issues for a campaign already frequently immersed in controversy.

Trump did not correct the blatant falsehood that Obama is a Muslim, nor did he address the questioner calling American Muslims “a problem.”

The episode also calls to mind that Trump was and still is a “birther,” despite the White House releasing Obama’s birth certificate four years ago. Of course, this may not be an issue with Trump’s supporters, many of whom, according to recent polls, do believe that the president is a Muslim who was born outside the United States.