Washington Post Op-Ed: Donald Trump, Ben Carson ‘Unfit for the Oval Office’

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in …
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Jonathan Capehart, an opinion writer for the Washington Post, declares Ben Carson and Donald Trump unfit to hold the office of U.S. president. For Carson, the reason is his opposition to a Muslim president. For Trump, it’s his silence when someone else called Obama a Muslim. Oh yes, there is moral outrage to spare in this one.

From the Washington Post:

When the history of the quest for the 2016 Republican nomination is written, the chapter on September 2015 will be among its ugliest. The front-runner allowed a racist lie about President Obama to go unchallenged. And the second-place challenger would defy the Constitution to red-line the White House to exclude Muslims. As a result, neither man is fit to sit in the Oval Office.

Yes, Mr. Trump, you are obliged to defend Obama. Not because you like him. Not because he can’t defend himself. But because, as a leader, you have a moral obligation to dispel proven racist lies that chip away at the legitimacy of the president of the United States.

Trump’s continued dabbling in birtherism remains offensive. Carson’s anti-constitutional religious litmus is outrageous and disqualifying. And both men don’t deserve to be president, let alone be the nominee of their party. That both men are riding high shows that the Republican Party’s self-perpetuating death spiral on the national level continues unabated.

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