Chuck Todd: So What if Obama Is Muslim, America Has Freedom of Religion

Friday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd discussed the controversy over a town hall audience member pressing GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on the “Muslim” problem and suggesting President Barack Obama is Muslim.

Todd echoed the words of former Secretary of State Colin Powell by saying, “So what if we have a president or elected leaders that are Muslim? You know, Muslim Americans are Americans, too.”

Todd said, “I don’t know if this is a defining moment but what it does, it makes it very hard, he’s not going to be able to expand upon—let’s take the 30 percent number—as says, he has 30 percent of the party —he’s not going to be able to expand on that. That’s what this does. I want to add one more point. Let’s not forget something that former Secretary of State Colin Powell said about all of this stuff, which is by the way, so what if we have a president or elected leaders that are Muslim? You know, Muslim Americans are Americans, too. So let’s also remind people of that, that we have a lot of people of faith in this country. So that was among the—I always thought, the more impressive critiques of these attacks on the president when Colin Powell said and so, you know, and so what if he was Muslim? This is about, we are about freedom of religion in this country.”

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