Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that “anybody that is able to win an election will be absolutely fine” because of the vetting process they have to go through in reaction to fellow GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s comments about a Muslim being president on Monday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel.
Trump said, [relevant remarks begin around 2:20] “I think that basically, if somebody can get elected. you know, they’re going to be vetted, and if somebody can get elected, that’s what it is all about. It’s an electoral process. And I would tend to go along with that.” He added, “Ben was saying there are difficulties, and I think everybody knows what those difficulties are, and people want to be politically correct, but there have been difficulties. And a lot of people agree with Ben. I do think that Ben would also agree though, if properly vetted. The proper people properly vetted, going through an election, I think that anybody that is able to win an election will be absolutely fine.”
He was then asked, “Do I take from that, that if properly vetted, that you wouldn’t have a problem voting with someone who is Muslim, provided the person agreed with you politically?” He answered, “Well, they’d have to go through the long, hard process. It’s a long, tough road, Greta, I can tell you, and it really is very revealing. And it — I would have no problem with it, no.”
Trump also stated that there are problems with Islamic extremism and terrorists, but that he’s only referring to radicalism, not all Muslims, and that “a lot of people” don’t think it’s “politically correct” to point out the problems of radical Islam.
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