The Mystery of the Muslim President
The Republican Presidential Primary Show has been really good this season, which was why it was disappointing to see they were running repeats this weekend. Reporters asking candidates about whether or not Barack Obama is what he claims to be. We just did this a couple of months ago after Rudy Giuliani questioned his patriotism. It was boring then and it’s boring now. It’s a transparent attempt for the media to see which Republicans will mess up and say something they can play ad nauseum for the next three days.
This time around, of course, it’s about Donald Trump and what one of his supporters said in a town hall rally last week. That’s right, we now have to not only rake this guy over the coals after every blunt comment he makes but also the comments his supporters make. Is there anyone out there still arguing that there’s no liberal bias in the media? Surely not.
Adept anglers that they are, the press caught a live one in Dr. Ben Carson. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Dr. Carson went well beyond defending Trump.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”
Carson, always quick with a good line, said a president should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran.” Later, he waffled a bit when asked whether or not Muslims should be able to serve in the Congress.
Man, even Trump knows better than to go down this road. Maybe Carson is throwing himself on the sword for Trump. He did seem awfully reluctant to engage the frontrunner at the last debate, taking an unnecessarily deferential tone when correcting him on vaccines. He is the damn doctor, after all. Embrace your authority!
We’ll have to wait and see if Carson can weather this storm. Democrats are already in a frenzy about the original Trump (non)remarks, and the media is treating this whole thing with a gravity usually reserved for murder. Of course, we all know how much they love their Muslims. Where would this proud country be if it weren’t for our humble Muslim beginnings, eh, Mr. President?
You know how we could have avoided all of this? By not electing a guy with a Muslim background and a Muslim name seven short years after Muslims killed 3,000 Americans in the worst terrorist attack of all time. Hey, it was great that we finally elected a black president, but really? Are our attention spans that short?
And if it was shown someday that Obama really was a covert Muslim, would it be surprising in the least? It’s not that hard to appear non-Muslim, even to a skeptic. And yet this president can’t escape these rumors. If you haven’t convinced almost everyone by now, then maybe it’s your problem, not ours. And if the last seven years are representative of a Muslim administration, then who can blame Dr. Carson for hating the thought of another one?