Donald Trump Doubles Down After Obama Muslim Backlash: ‘Am I Morally Obligated to Defend the President?’

“This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something,” GOP frontrunner says

Last Updated: September 19, 2015 @ 12:42 PM

Donald Trump has responded to criticism after he failed to correct a supporter who called President Obama a Muslim.

“Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump said in a series of tweets. “This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something.”

“If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!” he continued. “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!”

“Christians need support in our country (and around the world), their religious liberty is at stake! Obama has been horrible, I will be great,” Trump concluded.

During a rally on Thursday, Trump was taking questions from the crowd when a man said Obama was Muslim.

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” the unidentified man said. “You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.” Trump seemed both bemused and bewildered, asked: “We need this question? This is the first question?”

“Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us,” the man continued. “That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”

“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things,” Trump replied. “You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We’re going to be looking at that and many other things.”

Social media users responded almost immediately, blasting Trump for failing to correct the inaccurate statement. “What’s crazy is that people say Obama is a Muslim. Even crazier that this is supposed to be some kind of insult,” one user said.