World's biggest carnival barker and billionaire Donald Trump, who could arguably be compared to Auric Goldfinger (played brilliantly by Gert Fröbe) in Ian Fleming's James Bond saga 'Goldfinger' because of his obvious desire to dominate the world, is under fire for his failure to shut up an obvious bigot who, during a Trump town hall meeting at Rochester, New Hampshire on Sept. 17, asked him when the US was going to get rid of the Muslims.
This Trump supporter, seething with hatred for anything that was not white or blonde or blue-eyed, asks 'the Donald', the Republican Presidential hopeful: "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."
Thrilled by the line of questioning, a smiling Trump whose brash and crude behavior has put him in the lead in a field of 17 candidates, says: "We need this question. This is the first question."
The man, who is undoubtedly a Fox, Limbaugh, and Brietbart zombie, continues: "Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That's my question: When can we get rid of them?"
A teflon Don, who has so far defied the political gravity by getting away with insulting Latinos by calling them rapists, and walking away unscathed after insulting the US Military veterans disparaging their services saying he had no respect for the POWs, just to name a few, responded by saying, "We're going to be looking at a lot of different things," Trump replied. "You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We're going to be looking at that and many other things."
Knowing that the Republican frontrunner has cast shadows on President Barack Obama's religion (fact: he is a Christian) and birthplace (fact: he was born in Hawaii, a US state) to embellish his street credo among the rightwing nut jobs, it was no surprise then that Trump said what he said instead of correcting this imbecile whose likes also happens to be his primary voting base.
However, what was even more appalling was not what Trump, who has the unfettered mouth of Lalu Prasad Yadav and the thin skin of Nitish Kumar, said at the town hall rally but what he said afterwards when he came under heavy fire by leaders of all parties, including his own, as well as by all major mainstream media.
"Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don't think so!" Trump said in a series of tweets two days after he entertained the bigot's question with so much glee.
President Obama, who was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii, has spoken openly about his Christian faith and has even produced the long form of his original birth certificate. However, that hasn't stopped Trump or his 'fellow-birthers' to perpetuate the lies about Obama's religion or birth place.
Contrast that to a similar question by another racist, this time a woman, during a similar town hall meeting in 2008 by the then Presidential candidate and Republican frontrunner John McCain who is also a Vietnam war veteran and a POW to boot.
"I'm scared of Barack Obama... he's an Arab terrorist...," said this 'genius' grandma who, in all likelihood, has a shrine of Hitler at her home!
What McCain said in the follow-up was nothing short of amazing that would make anyone proud of the humanity.
"No, ma'am, he's a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about."
The billionaire's hatred for Mr. Obama is not a secret but here is my question to this man who is trying desperately to be the Kim Jong-un of the United States:
You (Mr. Trump) and Mr. Obama are alone at a place and someone makes an attempt on the life of the President of the Unites States. Would you try to help him and alert the first responders, or, just walk away from the scene because you hate the President so much?
Okay, I admit that was an extreme question so how about this? You are having a meeting with Kim Jong-un or Bibi Netanyahu and he says your President Barack Obama is anti-American because he was not born in America and is, in fact, a Muslim terrorist. What would be your response?
a) You'll agree with the allegation
b) You'll maintain a complete silence
c) You'll push back strongly and defend your President
d) You'll push back strongly, defend your President, and walk out of the meeting