Donald Trump gets blasted after he lets an incorrect comment on President Obama slide

By Maria Coder
Updated September 18, 2015 10:05 AM
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.cbs-link {color:#4B5054;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-link:hover {color:#A7COFF;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-pipe {color:#303435;padding: 0 2px;}.cbs-resources {height:24px; background-color:#000; padding: 0 0 0 8px; width: 612px;}.cbs-more {font: normal 12px Arial; color: #4B5054; padding-right:2px;}Donald Trump is in the hot seat for his handling of a question during a town hall on Thursday. The Republican presidential hopeful didn’t take issue when asked when the United States can “get rid” of Muslims, and he didn’t correct an assertion that President Obama is Muslim.

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” an unidentified man said during a Q&A at a town hall event in New Hampshire on Thursday. “You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”

Trump then chuckled, interrupting the man. “We need this question. This is the first question,” Trump said.

“Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us,” the man, wearing a Trum” T-shirt, 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 said. “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.”

Trump didn’t correct the questioner on his Obama claim, moving on to the next audience member. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, didn’t let it slide, calling Trump’s remarks – or lack thereof – “just plain wrong.”

“Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out. -H,” she tweeted shortly after.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz found Trump’s comments unsurprisingly awful.

“GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s racism knows no bounds. This is certainly horrendous, but unfortunately unsurprising given what we have seen already. The vile rhetoric coming from the GOP candidates is appalling,” Schultz said in a statement, according to CNN. “[Republicans] should be ashamed, and all Republican presidential candidates must denounce Trump’s comments immediately or will be tacitly agreeing with him.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, later told CNN that Trump didn’t hear the part about Obama being Muslim. “All he heard was a question about training camps, which he said we have to look into,” Lewandowski said. “The media want to make this an issue about Obama, but it’s about him waging a war on Christianity.”

For the record, Obama is Christian and has spoken openly about his faith.

A recent CNN/ORC poll found 29% of Americans incorrectly believe Obama is a Muslim.