The latest from the Trump campaign: a man at a New Hampshire rally got up on Friday and declared that President Obama was secretly a Muslim. Considering that the Donald had expressed serious doubts about Obama’s citizenship in the past and had offered a considerable amount of money for anyone who could produce Obama’s birth certificate, the question and the insinuation were not completely out of line.
As you know, Trump did not refute or dismiss the man’s charges. Naturally, the media and Democrats and many Republicans attacked Trump for failing to defend President Obama. After all, John McCain had defended Obama during the 2008 campaign, and McCain must be the role model for presidential candidates.
Anyway, Trump has chosen not to apologize for dereliction. While it is absurd on its face to say that you never apologize, in this case Trump is on solid ground.
He tweeted this:
Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don't think so!
If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!
Let’s stipulate that the man asking the question was a crank. Was Trump morally obligated to rush to the defense of Barack Obama? I think not. Would Obama or any Democrat have offered the same courtesy when Trump or another Republican was maligned? Certainly, not.
The media and Republicans often use a double standard when dealing with Republicans and Democrats. Many people support Trump because they are fed up with it.
Of course, it really isn’t about whether or not Obama is a Muslim. Even if he slipped up one day with George Stephanopolous and spoke of his “Muslim faith?” Let’s not malign the president because of what may or may not have been a slip of the tongue.
We do not know what Obama believes. We know that he spent twenty years at the feet of one Jeremiah Wright, a man who is nominally Christian and who leads a Christian Church, but who is a hatemonger, who despises America, white people and Jews. Not the most Christian of attitudes, those.
No, the real question is: why has Obama, regardless of his believes, so fiercely defended the good name of Islam? Why was Obama’s Secretary of State was the first foreign leader to sit down with the leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood when he was elected president? Why has Obama consistently sided with the ayatollahs, speaking with great respect of the Supreme Leader of Iran, while showering contempt on a man he took to be his true enemy: the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Natanyahu? How many times has Obama stood up for Christians in the Middle East? How many times has he denounced the Muslim terrorists in ISIS for persecuting Christians? Why is it that Obama and his minions refuse to pronounce the name of Islam in the same sentence with the word terrorism? Why is it that Major Nidal Hassan’s terrorist rampage at Fort Hood was reduced to workplace violence? Why is it that Obama always speaks reverently about the Prophet Mohammed and Rev. Farrakhan?
It doesn’t matter whether Obama attends a Christian Church or whether he sees himself as a Christian. The American presidency is not about religious belief. It is about the conduct of policy, and there Obama has far too often to have placed the good name of Islam and the interest of Islamic Republics like Iran ahead of the good name and interests of the United States. If that is not a campaign issue, I don't know what is. Obviously, it needs to be stated more clearly than the man in New Hampshire did.
As for Trump, the news today is that he voted for Obama in 2012. He has recently deleted the following tweet:
If Chris Christie’s 2013 bromance with Obama makes him untrustworthy, why does Trump’s vote not?
[Addendum, from Roger Simon:
Something is going on in an emotional sense that trumps (excuse the phrase) conventional religious belief. He seems almost always to side with Islamic society against Christendom, bending over backwards on occasion to set up false equivalences. At the very moment the Islamic State was lopping off the heads of Christians and Yazidis in Libya, Syria and Iraq, he invoked the Crusades at a National Prayer Breakfast as if this behavior from centuries ago were even marginally equivalent. Unlike other major world leaders, he didn’t bother to attend the Charlie Hebdo massacre memorial in Paris. He couldn’t even say the Islamic terrorists who shot the people in the Paris kosher deli the day after did so because the victims were Jews. And then there’s the Iran deal, the giveaway of the century ($150 billion) to an Islamic state building nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles, not to mention sponsoring terrorism across the world, for absolutely no verifiable quid pro quo.]