New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scolded current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump for failing to denounce a man who said Muslims are “a problem” in the U.S. and that President Obama is one.
“We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. Our current President is one. We know he’s not even an American. 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 heatedly.
“A lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and a lot of different things,” Trump replied.
The media and the elite, predictably, went into overdrive to defend Obama and attack Trump and his supporters. Among them was Gov. Christie, who told NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I wouldn’t have permitted that. If someone brought that up at a town hall meeting of mine, I would’ve said, ‘No, listen. Before we answer, let’s clear some things up for the rest of the audience.’ And I think you have an obligation as a leader to do that.”
Was the question to Trump ham-fisted, leaving both the questioner and Trump, along with the conservative grassroots at large, wide open for a media blitz? Absolutely. Was the questioner drawing on a well of resentment and anger? Yes.
Was it wrong for him to do so? No.
Alienated elites take every pain to sympathize with what everyday Americans see as hostile foreigners and barbaric cultures, then mock them and their impotent anger. The cynical #IStandWithAhmed exploits clearly enraged Americans who have seen their children suspended or expelled for carrying a pocket knife, biting a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun, or being told they can’t wear shirts depicting the American flag for fear of offending foreign students.
Furthermore, this incident took place days after the fourteenth anniversary of September 11, the most shocking terror attack in U.S. history carried out by Muslims bent on killing innocents. It’s clear the elites kept this in mind as they rubbed America’s face into the Ahmed campaign.
At the same time, elites play games with guilt by non-association when it suits them to attack. Someone who supports Trump says something they don’t like; therefore, Trump and by extension all supporters are hate-mongers because they didn’t stand up and denounce the questioner in unison. Why they should is never explained: It’s assumed that Americans should tolerate politically-engineered, unpopular mass immigration without a peep of protest. The more dangerous the imported culture, the more Americans are accused of bigotry for balking.
Muslim immigration continues to grow even though Muslims themselves appear to have no intention of assimilating into a free society. Each year, the U.S. government voluntarily imports enough Muslims to outnumber the entire population of Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; or Dayton, Ohio. Meanwhile, every week, Muslims try to flee the country in order to join ISIS while enjoying all the benefits that come with being a legal immigrant, including voting rights. One quarter of all Muslims in the U.S. — whose swelling population stands at 2.6 million now and is expected to reach 6.2 million in only 15 years — believe “violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad.” That’s 650,000 Muslims who wouldn’t mind seeing more Americans killed in sudden terror attacks. Such attitudes are seldom criticized, but opposition to them is called “disturbing.”
Christie himself has a poor record of challenging even radical Islam, so much so that The Council on the American Islamic Relations (CAIR) inducted him into a Hall of Fame for “pushing back against Islamophobic trends in 2011 and 2012.” He appointed a Muslim judge to the New Jersey Superior Court, and after enduring heavy criticism, declared: “This Sharia law business is just crap. It’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.” In 2010, CAIR noted, Christie defended Muslims during the Ground Zero Mosque controversy: “We cannot paint all of Islam with that brush. We can’t paint all of Islam with the Muhammad Atta brush. We have to bring people together.”
As for Obama, the president has nursed a sense of victimhood about perceived misconceptions about his identity while taking every opportunity to muddy the waters. The more alien and threatening the cultural force, the more Obama takes pains to sympathize with it. Instead of his old nickname “Barry” Obama, he goes by “Barack.” His father was Muslim and his middle name is “Hussein,” which is also the name of Muhammad’s grandson. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he sneered at small-town Pennsylvanians: “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
In a 2009 speech at Cairo, he announced: “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” In a September 2012 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, he defended Coptic Christians, but explicitly took the side of Muslims: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
And, of course, at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, Obama lectured Christians outraged by ISIS beheadings and mass rapes. “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.” But the Islamic State isn’t Islamic, he explained. It’s “betraying” Islam.
Trump and his supporters have been witness to all of this as the White House and corporations launched into an orgy of rainbow-colored celebration once the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states, and gay activists have targeted Christian businesses for destruction.
Many voters feel under assault by every single major institution and look at Trump a someone who will take their side. Trump’s campaign has decided to double down. “The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told the New York Times and the Washington Post:
Mr. Trump was asked about training camps. Mr. Trump answered the question and said, “If there are any, we will fix it.” He said, “I will look into it.” The question was specifically about training camps. The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country. They need support and their religious liberty is at stake.
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