I was vaguely aware of John McCain’s confrontation with that poor, misguided woman in his audience during the 2008 campaign, but now, thanks to CNN and its mad desire to play the video clip endlessly, I can’t shake it from my head. Take a look, if you haven’t; no doubt you will have many more opportunities. During a Q&A period, the poor, misguided woman asserted that Barack Obama, McCain’s opponent in the presidential campaign that year, was “an Arab.” McCain took the microphone away and said no, mam, he is a “decent family man.”
Wait. What? Aren’t there any Arabs who are decent family men?
CNN thinks that McCain’s response should have been the model for Donald Trump;s response to that poor, misguided guy in his audience the other day who called Obama a “Muslim.” Something like “No, sir, he is not a Muslim. He is decent.”
When Trump heard what the man was saying — and I have no doubt that he did hear, despite what some Trump apologists are claiming — he grinned sheepishly, and said, “I need this question.” For those of us conversant with New York Speak, it was clear that he was saying I need this like a hole in the head. But some of the CNN bimbos, all born, no doubt, in Kansas, where Jews are prohibited, took him literally, as in I need this question so I can make a disparaging point about Obama and the Muslims. (And no, I am not saying that Trump is Jewish, but if you live in NYC all your life, you tend to pick up the idiom.)
And today we have a statement, a bit belated, from George Stephanopolous, the Clinton myrmidon, who thinks that Trump should acknowledge that Obama is an American.
Wait. What? There are no American Muslims?
It looks as though the anti-Muslim crowd in the United States is beginning to have an effect on public speakers who are supposed to think that they like Muslims.
Today we also have Trump proclaiming that he loves Muslims. I am willing to believe it. Nothing he said or didn’t say when that poor, misguided man raised the issue during the Q&A session contradicts Trump’s latest statement. But I still kind of wonder whether McCain and Stephanopolous love Muslims. And what about the CNN bimbos? Let’s see a show of hands. How many readers think that the bimbos, deep in their hearts, love Muslims? When they say their prayers at night, do they include Muslims among the people that they want God to bless?
As to whether Obama is really a Muslim: I am not one of those who can answer with authority, and the answer may not even matter. But this is a guy who says that ISIS and its beheadings are no worse that what Richard the Lionhearted, well-known Christian, did nine centuries ago in the Crusades, and that makes everything even. This is the guy who, after an American was beheaded by ISIS, made a listless, grudging statement and then went directly to the golf course and yukked it up with his golfing buddies. This is the guy who used to rub shoulders with Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, back in Chicago, despite Farrakhan’s heavy-duty anti-Semitism. This is the guy who has thrown overboard the state of Israel, and seems willing to let that onetime ally perish under the heel of Iran.
Whatever Obama is, I don’t much like it.