In the aftermath of being asked a question about President Obama’s religion and nationality, Donald Trump is still, days later, being forced to answer questions related to incident.
Over the weekend Mr. Trump appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper, who quickly raised the question, asking if Donald Trump could be President to America’s Muslim community?
Trump responded by telling Tapper he had some very good friends who were Muslim and that the problem was not Islam as such, but the extremists who populate modern Islam.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Mr. Trump, forget the notion of defending President Obama for a second. I don’t want to talk about. That you are running to be president of United States of America. That includes millions of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims who love this country. This man said, quote, we have a problem in this country called Muslims. You’re not responsible for what he says, but this is unvarnished ignorant bigotry. You are a leader. You are the frontrunner in the Republican race. Do you not have a responsibility to call out the hatred?
DONALD TRUMP: We could be politically correct, if you want, but are you trying to say we don’t have a problem. I think everybody would agree. I have friends that are Muslims. They’re great people, amazing people. And most Muslims like most everyone these are fabulous people, but we certainly do have a problem. I mean, you have a problem throughout the world.
TAPPER: What’s the problem?
TRUMP: Well, you have radicals that are doing things. It wasn’t people from Sweden that blow up the World Trade Center, Jake.
TAPPER: I get that. To say we have a problem and it is called Muslims because there are some extremist Muslims is tarring all Muslims. You would agree that the —
TRUMP: I don’t agree with that at all. You have extreme Muslims in a class by themselves. It is a problem in this country and it’s a problem throughout the world.
TAPPER: What if he said we have a problem in this world it’s called blacks. Would you have said something then?
TRUMP: No. I listened to his questions. I listened to his questions and he made a question/probably statement but i listened to his question and I actually didn’t respond. This was the first time — because over the weekend as you know few covered it but CNN covered it well it was a big subject and I said it’s the first time I’ve had a situation like this where I didn’t say anything. So it was a question that was asked in front of a totally packed house. Nobody thought much of it until the following couple of hours when it came became a pretty big subject. We have a problem with radical Muslims. There’s no question about that. I think you would be the first to admit that.