If You Think Trump Should Have Defended Obama, You’ve Missed the Point
For the past few days the headlines have been about Donald Trump failing to correct a man at a New Hampshire campaign event who claimed that President Obama is not a US Citizen and is a Muslim. The “buzz” across the television, social media, and other news sources was that Donald Trump failed to correct or challenge the question. Trump who responded via Twitter the following Saturday morning tweeted, “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump was correct and everyone missed the point.
Trump is not morally or ethically obligated or required to defend the President. In fact, Trump has regularly attacked the President on the issue of President Obama’s citizenship and has expressed doubt about the President’s faith and religious loyalties. We should expect nothing else from Donald Trump as he has built his political popularity through the Tea Party and Birther Movement.
Trump failed morally and ethically when he failed to challenge the overt idea of genocide in the man’s question.
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American. We have training camps growing when they want to kill us. My question: When can we get rid of them?”
The man asked Trump when can America get rid of Muslims. The question is not blaming Muslims for problems in America. The question is premised on the idea that Muslims are the problem. Just like the Nazis wanted to solve “the Jewish problem” the man asking the question wants to solve “the Muslim problem”. There can be no doubt. He prefaced his question with “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.”
Failing to confront someone proposing genocide is a moral and ethical failure. Trump failed. We all have failed.
Trump failed and everyone who has said Trump failed because he didn’t question the idea of President Obama being a US citizen or a Muslim has failed too. The list of people and institutions who have morally and ethically failed to challenge the man and his question is long. Every Republican and Democratic Presidential Candidate failed. The news media has failed. Pundits on the right and the left have failed. Sadly, at this point, I would say America has failed. We have failed morally and ethically to recognize that the question is far more important than a President’s faith or citizenship. The question is far deeper than politics and religion. The question is about the soul of America. We have morally and ethically failed to challenge a citizen of the United States of America asking a potential President of the United States when America can start genocide. We failed to even listen to his question.