Trump Under Fire for Obama Muslim Flap

A reference to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is seen on the notes of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he tucks his papers into his jacket as he arrives at a town hall event, Sept. 17, 2015, in Rochester, N.H.
Trump Under Fire for Obama Muslim Flap

U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is causing controversy yet again, this time for failing to correct a supporter who called President Barack Obama a Muslim and a foreigner.

The exchange came during a question-and-answer session late Thursday at a campaign rally in Rochester, New Hampshire.

"We have a problem in this country: it's called Muslims," said a man wearing a Trump T-shirt. "We know our current president is one. You know he's not even American."

"We need this question," replied a smiling Trump, one of the highest-profile supporters of the so-called birther movement, which alleges – incorrectly – that Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore not an American citizen.

The Trump supporter continued: "We have training camps growing where they [Muslims] want to kill us. That's my question: When can we get rid of them?"

"We're going to be looking at a lot of different things," said Trump. "You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there."

Not only did Trump not object to the man's false characterization of Obama, he also failed to address what was interpreted by some as a call for eradicating Muslims from the United States.

* READ: Surprising Number of Americans Think Obama is Muslim, Foreign Born

Clinton, Sanders respond

Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic challenger for the White House, blasted Trump in a statement on Twitter.

Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out. -H
Hillary ClintonVerified account

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, called on Trump to apologize.

Trump must apologize to the president and American people for continuing the lie that the president is not an American and not a Christian.

Trump campaign officials later told several media outlets that the candidate did not hear the man's question about Obama being a Muslim, and that his answer was in response to the part about the extremist training camps.

It is the outspoken billionaire real estate mogul's latest misstep involving minorities. Most notably, he has slammed Mexican immigrants as criminals, rapists and drug dealers.

The moment was reminiscent of a 2008 political rally in which presidential hopeful Senator John McCain was forced to correct a supporter who said she could not trust Obama because "he's an Arab."

In that incident, McCain quickly pulled the microphone away from the woman.

"No, ma'am, no ma'am. He's a decent family man, a citizen who I just happens to have disagreements with on fundamental issues," McCain said.

Obama is a Christian who was born in Hawaii to an American mother and Kenyan father. Nonetheless, he has faced persistent skepticism by many on the right who say that he is a Muslim and was born in Kenya.

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