Donald Trump came in for fresh criticism from opponents on both sides of the party aisle Friday, after failing to correct a questioner at a town hall meeting who said President Obama is a Muslim born outside the U.S.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton blasted her Republican rival in a tweet Thursday night, stating, “Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out.”
Bernie Sanders, another Democratic candidate, demanded that Trump apologize to the President, while fellow candidate Martin O’Malley also had harsh words for Trump.
While many Republican candidates have stayed quiet about Trump’s most recent controversy, Chris Christie weighed in to say he would have handled the situation differently. “I would just tell you that if somebody at one of my town hall meetings said something like that, I would correct them and say, now, the president’s a Christian and he was born in this country,” Christie said on NBC’s TODAY show Friday. “Those two things are self evident.”
The questioner at the town hall meeting, who has not been identified, said, “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims.” He then said Obama was Muslim and asked how Trump intended to “get rid of” Muslims. Trump responded, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”
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