Donald Trump was criticized Thursday evening for not challenging a man at a New Hampshire town hall rally who said Muslims are a “problem” and accused President Barack Obama of being one, although the president claims he is a Christian.
“We have a problem in this country and it’s called muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American, birth certificate man!” the man said, referencing Trump’s former efforts to get Obama to release his birth certificate.
“We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question. When can we get rid of them?” the man asked.
“We are going to be looking at a lot of different things. And, you know, people are saying that. And a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We are going to be looking at that and plenty of other things,” Trump responded, not questioning the man’s claim of Obama being a Muslim.
Hillary Clinton scolded Donald Trump on Twitter Friday, saying it was “just plain wrong” that he didn’t denounce a man’s claims that Muslims are a “problem” and President Barack Obama secretly practices Islam.
Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 18, 2015
BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski responded to the tweet by bringing attention to reports that Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008 circulated a photo of Obama in which he was dressed in Muslim garb.
The photo in question shows Obama dressed as a Muslim during his visit to Kenya in 2006.
Obama’s campaign manager at the time, David Plouffe, called the photo stunt “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.” Clinton’s campaign claimed the photo wasn’t meant to smear.
Obama’s religion is often questioned because of how he celebrates special Muslim holidays, the way he and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu do not get along, and how despite his claim that he is Christian, Obama is repeatedly criticized as a liar.