Trump wins competition for who can say the worst thing about Obama’s mosque visit, but it’s close

President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore yesterday, marking the first time during his presidency that he has visited a mosque. He gave a completely non-controversial speech about how acceptance is good, discrimination is bad and that anti-Muslim bigotry has become an especially serious problem recently in the wake of  the Paris and San Bernardino shootings.

At least, that’s what people listening to the speech heard. If you’re Marco Rubio, all you heard was the president “pitting people against each other.” As he said, quoted by the Huffington Post:

President Obama speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, screenshot via

President Obama speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, screenshot via

I’m tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president’s done. Always pitting people against each other. Always! Look at today: He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.

Of course there’s discrimination in America, of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves. They argue that. They’ll tell you that. But again, it’s this constant pitting people against each other. I can’t stand that. It’s hurting our country badly.

For Rubio, discrimination is bad, but Islam is worse, so until we kill all the terrorists dead, it’s okay to put up with discrimination against Muslims. Noted.

But Rubio’s derping in response to Obama’s mosque visit couldn’t hold a candle to Donald Trump, though, who brushed past the “divisiveness” dog whistle and just flat-out called Obama a Muslim. Said Trump, asked by Greta Van Susteren about Obama’s visit (emphasis added):

I don’t have much thought. I think he can go to lots of places. Right now, I dunno…maybe he feels comfortable there. We have a lot of problems in this country, Greta, a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque…so that’s his decision. That’s fine.

43 percent of Republicans still believe President Obama is a Muslim, according to a CNN/ORC poll released in September.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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12 Responses to “Trump wins competition for who can say the worst thing about Obama’s mosque visit, but it’s close”

  1. Bill_Perdue says:

    Obama is a racist who ordered the racist and extra legal murders of Arab and muslim US citizens like Ahmed Farouq, Adam Gadahn, Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado.

    Obama attacked, invaded, or reoccupied Libya, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, murdering thousands of civilians. He supports and arms anti-democratic dictators, colonialists in Palestine and royalists from Morocco to Indonesia.

    Republicans, who support the same policies and hypocrites.

  2. therling says:

    “He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.”

    So when he gives a speech at a Christian church he’s basically implying that America is discriminating against Christians? That would be the equivalent of such “logic.”

  3. The_Fixer says:

    Yeah, it’s like he found out that even bravado and bullshit can’t protect one from the wall of reality.

    Give him a couple of days, he’ll be back to his ol’ usual self. If he loses New Hampshire, that may actually put him in a Donald-sized, gilded, classy tailspin.

    One would hope, anyway. He’s beginning to tire me.

  4. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, he was a great guy to grab a beer with, but not so great a guy to run the country.

  5. rmthunter says:

    The problem is, the Republican base not only doesn’t care how stupid/clueless he is, they don’t even recognize it. Remember Dubyah?

  6. rmthunter says:

    “I don’t have much thought.”

    That should be Trump’s campaign slogan.

  7. nicho says:

    He came in second, which in recent years, has been the path to the GOP nomination. The last two “winners” of Iowa didn’t go a lot further.

  8. JaneE says:

    The GOP doesn’t understand anything the president has said for the last 7 years. If it isn’t spoken in dog-whistle they can’t understand a word.

  9. BeccaM says:

    That’s actually pretty mild as far as childish insults from Trump go. I’m seeing no particular energy or enthusiasm, almost as if it’s a pro-forma thing this time around.

    I’m guessing The Donald still has the sadz for LOSING in Iowa two nights ago. He seems tired, don’t you think?

  10. The_Fixer says:

    I think we have the successor to G.W. Bush for the title of “Least Sharp Republican Presidential Candidate” in Marco Rubio.

    This is the second time in a week that Rubio has said something completely stupid (and that doesn’t count his “Victory Speech” for coming in third in the Iowa Caucuses). First was the stupid statement about the long lines to vote in Florida, now this stupidity.

    Republicans, if he’s your savior, then you’re just as stupid as he is, and deserve him. Any competent Democrat will show him to be the idiot he truly is.

    I can’t wait for next week. Oh wait, there’s still a few more days left in this one. What will come out of Marco’s mouth next?

  11. gratuitous says:

    Obama feels comfortable in a mosque, Mr. Trump? Well, certainly he appeared far more comfortable in a mosque than you did in a church, trying to put money on the communion plate. What a loser.

  12. Don Chandler says:

    On Terry Gross’ NPR radio show yesterday CNN Peter Bergen said there are more people killed in the US due to “right wing” extremism than there are due to Muslim extremism. Since 9/11, there have been 45 deaths attributed to islamic militants vs 48 deaths attributed to neo nazi/anti-government.

    Don’t think Rubio and Trump want to face reality.

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