Trump to CNN: ‘I love the Muslims’
Donald Trump has been forced to backpedal after he refused to shutdown a racist question geared towards Muslims by one his supporters at a recent rally.
Appearing on CNN on Saturday, Trump clarified that he loved Muslims.
“I love the Muslims. I think they’re great people,” he said.
During a question-and-answer session with students, Trump was asked whether or not he appoint a Muslim in his Cabinet.
“Oh, absolutely,” Trump responded. “No problem with that.”
Still, Trump made it clear that radical Muslims were still a problem.
“We do have a problem with radical Muslims, there’s no question about that,” Trump said Sunday.
At a New Hampshire town hall on Thursday, a supporter stated that Obama was a Muslim and not American — which Trump did not correct — and asked the candidate how he plans to “get rid of” Muslim “training camps” in the country.
“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things,” Trump responded. “You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening.”
Trump has largely avoided the press since the flap. He canceled a South Carolina campaign event on Friday, citing business obligations, and chose to forego press gaggles at two events in Iowa on Saturday.
Under fire from critics for the interaction, Trump sent out a series of tweets Saturday, defending why he chose not to correct the supporter.
“Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump wrote.
In another tweet, he said: “If I would have challenged the man, the media would have accused me of interfering with that man’s right of free speech. A no win situation!”
Trump was noticeably subdued as he addressed a crowd of teenagers ahead of their dance on Saturday, advising them to stay away from alcohol and drugs and encouraging them to pursue professions they felt passionate about.
Taylor Donner, a senior at Urbandale High School who attended Trump’s speech wearing his tux and boutonniere, was excited to see the candidate.
“I’m a fan. I didn’t think we’d get someone that important,” he said. Donner spoke to CNN while his homecoming date, Raelynn Meade, got to meet the real estate mogul because she was part of the AP government class that helped get him here.
Not every Urbandale student is a Trump fan, though. According to Donner, his friends are supporting different candidates, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. One of those friends is Josh Ingham who wore his “Feel The Bern 2016” shirt and pin to the speech.
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