During Q&A at a Donald Trump town hall event in New Hampshire, a man called Obama a â€œMuslim.â€ When Trump failed to â€œcorrectâ€ him, David Goodfriend, a Democratic strategist and ex-President Bill Clinton staffer, appeared on Newsmax TV calling Trump â€œa racist bastard.â€
Memo to the strategist: Islam is a religion, not a race. But Democratic standard operating procedure is as follows: Whenever possible, convert any issue someway, somehow, into an accusation that Republicans are â€œracist.â€ The tepid economic recovery continues, most Americans believe our foreign policy is on the wrong track and only 21 percent of Americans support Obamaâ€™s Iran deal. But hey, Republicans are racist.
By the way, when did calling someone a Muslim, whether falsely or not, become a slur? After all, isnâ€™t Islam a â€œgreat religion of peace,â€ thatâ€™s been â€œhijacked by a minority of extremistsâ€? If so, how does calling someone a Muslim become the moral equivalent of hate speech?
Over at CNN, Anderson Cooper â€” an alleged â€œjournalistâ€ â€” crossed the line and became a Jorge Ramos-like activist. Cooper indignantly fumed that Donald Trump â€œdoesnâ€™t have the guts to stand up to some loudmouth in his own crowdâ€ and set the town-hall man straight. Today, this is what passes for â€œjournalism.â€
Speaking of the supposed Republican belief the Obamaâ€™s a Muslim, a February 2015 Washington Post blog article cited a survey conducted late last year by YouGov for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. That survey found a majority of Democrats do not believe that Obama is a Christian â€œdeep down.â€ The survey asked, â€œWhich of these do you think most likely describes what Obama believes deep down? Muslim, Christian, atheist, spiritual, or I donâ€™t know.â€
According to the survey, only 45 percent of Democrats believe Obama is a Christian at heart, while 26 percent â€œdonâ€™t know,â€ 17 percent said heâ€™s â€œspiritual,â€ 10 percent think heâ€™s Muslim and 2 percent believe he is an atheist. Added up, this means most Democrats doubt Obamaâ€™s professed Christianity. Apparently, within the Democratic Party, many â€œracist bastardsâ€ reside.
Where was Anderson Cooper during the 2008 campaign? Then-Sen. Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign, as Politicoâ€™s John Heilemann recently confirmed, stoked Obama-is-a-Muslim-rumors. On â€œ60 Minutes,â€ Clinton was asked whether she believed then-Sen. Obama was Muslim. She replied, â€œNo,â€ and said she takes Obama at his word. But then she slyly added, â€œThere is nothing to base that on â€” as far as I know.â€ Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Speaking of â€œcorrectingâ€ those who say false things, where were the media scolds when Hillary Clinton likened Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood to â€œterrorist groupsâ€? Similarly, the media were AWOL when President Obama outrageously likened Republicans, opposed to the Iran deal, to â€œIranian hardliners.â€ You know, the ones who chant â€œdeath to Americaâ€ and â€œdeath to Israelâ€?
When will the media get around to â€œcorrectingâ€ those who still claim George W. Bush â€œliedâ€ about Iraq War intel? The Associated Pressâ€™s former Washington bureau chief, Ron Fournier, said President Bush â€œlied us into war in Iraq.â€ The Associated Press?! About the Iraq WMD Intel, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., called Bush a â€œliar.â€ New York Times columnist Frank Rich flatly claimed Bush lied about the Iraq war.
They must have forgotten about the Robb-Silberman report from the bipartisan Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. It was set up by Congress to investigate the intelligence on which the Iraq War was based. Yes, the commission concluded that the intelligence reports were wrong, but found no deception. Silberman, in a Wall Street Journal piece, called the continued assertion that Bush misled the nation â€œnot only false, but â€¦ dangerously defamatory. The charge is dangerous because it can take on the air of historical fact â€” with potentially dire consequences.â€ Yet when pundits, Democrats and even â€œreportersâ€ like Fournier say Bush lied â€” crickets from the media.
As to the assumption that Obama is a Muslim, Gen. Colin Powell once said, â€œThe correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, heâ€™s a Christian. Heâ€™s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is?â€
What if he is?!
It was the current president of Egypt, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi â€” not Donald Trump â€” who called for an Islamic religious reformation and said that â€œthe entire world is waitingâ€ for it. On New Yearâ€™s Day 2015, before an audience of Muslim clerics and scholars, al-Sisi said: â€œItâ€™s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic world to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. â€¦ Itâ€™s antagonizing the entire world! Does this mean that 1.6 billion people (Muslims) should want to kill the rest of the worldâ€™s inhabitants â€” that is 7 billion â€” so that they themselves may live? Impossible!â€
So letâ€™s put the Trump-didnâ€™t-correct-the-man-who-called-Obama-a-Muslim furor in context. This is merely the latest example of left-wing media hypocrisy, double standards and selective outrage.
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