Trump considers getting 'rid of' Muslims when president

Published: September 18, 2015
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Donald Trump said he would consider one man’s request that America “get rid of” Muslims. PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump said he would consider one man’s request that America “get rid of” Muslims. PHOTO: REUTERS

In a shocking statement, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would consider one man’s request that America “get rid of” Muslims.

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire earlier this week, a man asked Trump, “We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?”

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“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.  A lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things,” Trump responded.

Trump had also agreed with the man when he had stated that Muslims were a problem in the US and that President Barack Obama was himself a Muslim and ‘not even American’.

“We have a problem in this country,” he began. “It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one,” the man said.

“Right,” Trump responded.

“You know he’s not even American,” the man continued.

“We need this question, this is the first question,” Trump said with a laugh.

President Obama is a Christian and was born in Hawaii. He had also issued a certified long-form birth certificate in April 2011, showing he was born at Honolulu’s Kapiolani Hospital on August 4, 1961.

However, Trump has for years raised questions about Obama’s nationality and religion, claiming he was born in Kenya and was not eligible to hold presidential office.

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Later, speaking to the Washington Post, Trump said his answers were more about defending Christians in the US because their ‘religious liberty is at stake’. He further said that, “The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians…Christians need support in this country.”

Trump’s statements are in stark contrast to the then Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s response, at a town hall in Minnesota in 2008, when a woman said that Obama was “an Arab” who couldn’t be trusted in the White House.

Seizing the microphone, McCain had replied, “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.”

This article originally appeared on Buzzfeed

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Reader Comments (23)

  • ZHamid
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:49PM

    If America don’t want to keep us, it’s okay………we have our “Ummah” who is eager to embrace us…..Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:14PM

    I sincerely wish Donald J Trump (of the trump tower) becomes the president of the U.S.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:40PM

    The guy who managed Modi’s elections must be managing Trumps…….only thing is he’s raised the bar :-)Recommend

  • OSD
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:33PM

    @TiffinBox: Haha.. I see where you’re going with that.. America will score an own goal if this happens..Recommend

  • Stranger
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:38PM

    Hes partly right .Recommend

  • Fahim
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:48PM

    I wish trump become president hence quick end of American dreamRecommend

  • Farid
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:50PM

    It’s difficult to take all this seriously. It seems he will say anything to get elected. Obama was another one who said all sorts of fancy things to get elected. Trump seems to be taking a leaf out of Obama’s book in that respect!

    Anyway it will certainly be interesting if he does get elected. We can expect lots of drama.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:58PM

    @ZHamid:
    Ummah is eager to embrace them but we have corrupt leaders imposed by west. Once we get rid of them soon, Ummah will be oneRecommend

  • Travis
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:06PM

    It must be said that the community creates trouble for the locals everywhere. They are certainly not welcome.Recommend

  • Xman
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:53PM

    A true leader is someone who unites citizens around a common purpose, not divide them around race, religion, or regions. It’s a shame that despite being in information age, a vast majority of educated are acting like illiterates.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Sep 18, 2015 - 4:42PM

    Trump’s got hardly any functioning brain cells under that poofy cotton candy he puts on his head. McCain responded in a very dignified way when it came to mudslinging on Obama – Trump has no class or brains.Recommend

  • Analyst
    Sep 18, 2015 - 4:48PM

    His advisors are on a mission to get him bankrupt! poor Trump, No beauty and no brains here. He should focus on running his beauty pageant Recommend

  • shahid
    Sep 18, 2015 - 5:49PM

    Thats what Hitler said for Jews in Europe;; and see what happened.. You Chrump Shrump Trump. wake up and see the real world.. Muslims are here to stay.. and of course survive, prosper, develop, progress, learn and teach others and for sure they are going to lead world economy and science technology, whether you and your kind likes it or not; Recommend

  • Babloo
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:04AM

    Well someone has to confront the bigotry that is at the core of Islam , inciting violence against other faiths for last 1400 years.Recommend

  • Anon
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:14AM

    The fourth riech is coming in America and this time it is the Muslims Recommend

  • buga
    Sep 19, 2015 - 5:10AM

    What’s disturbing is that American conservative elements are growing and gaining publicity through candidates like Trump – that might be an acceptable way for American’s to vent their opinions but in the long run it’s not good for Muslims and clearly not good for edgy countries like Pakistan.Recommend

  • buga
    Sep 19, 2015 - 5:15AM

    Trump is providing providing a platform for ultra conservative American’s … he’s gaining support/publicity which might be a good way for conservatives to vent their anger. The downside is that his message is going to harm some minorities including Muslims.Recommend

  • Singh
    Sep 19, 2015 - 5:51AM

    @shahid: ” for sure they are going to lead world economy and science technology, whether you and your kind likes it or not;”

    It is joke of the dayRecommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Sep 19, 2015 - 8:30AM

    @Anon: “The fourth riech is coming in America and this time it is the Muslims”

    Let muslims first stop getting beaten at home, then they can capture others …Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Sep 19, 2015 - 8:32AM

    @shahid: the words science/technology & muslims don’t belong in the same sentence.Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 19, 2015 - 9:44AM

    It is quite clear that Americans do not know anything about Islamic Law. If they had they would not squabble over these trivial matters. In Islamic Law, the child follows the religion of his father. If the father is Muslim so is the child. Obama’s father Barack Obama Sr. was a Kenyan Muslim by birth and Obama Jr. was raised in a Muslim family. As per Islamic Law Americans are correct when they call Barack Obama (Jr.) a Muslim.Recommend

  • Adnan Naqvi
    Sep 19, 2015 - 10:23AM

    Having lived and studied in States in the 80’s, I must admit that it is has changed a lot. However, USA has no state religion and I do not foresee a change in their Constitution, the mechanism of check and balances will ensure that no one is legally discriminated against. Lastly to Trumps credit he never utter a word against muslims during this town hall meeting, it was an individual who expressed his personal views. Many individuals in Pakistan will have reciprocal views about American but these do not constitute the main stream. Recommend

  • Baseerat Zaidi
    Sep 20, 2015 - 7:07PM

    It really saddens me to read all these comments where all of us are fighting against each other. Why do we always have to insult the religion, ethnicity, and color of our fellow beings? Why can’t we just live in peace? Mr. McCain answered the questions in quite a dignified manner as opposed to Mr. Trump, who I believe could have done better. Recommend

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