On Wednesday, President Obama made the controversial decision to visit a mosque in Baltimore, one that was being monitored by the FBI since 2010 for alleged connections to extremist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.
While Obama was quick to attack Republicans for allegedly promoting anti-Muslim rhetoric, one GOP presidential candidate blasted the president for his remarks, Donald Trump.
From The Washington Post:
“I don’t have much thought, I think that we can go to lots of places. Right now, I don’t know if he’s — maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump said. “We have a lot of problems in this country, Greta, there are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque. I saw that just a little while ago, and so that’s his decision, that’s fine.”
Senator Marco Rubio also criticized the president’s speech:
Rubio’s reaction to Obama’s mosque visit came during a town hall meeting at a pub in Dover, N.H., on Wednesday evening. Rubio accused Obama of pitting Americans against one another “along ethnic lines and racial lines and economic lines and religious lines.” His comments were part of a meandering response to a question about what his management style would be like as president.
“I’m tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president’s done,” Rubio said. “Always pitting people against each other. Always.”
“Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque,” Rubio continued. “Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there’s going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves.”
“But again, it’s this constant pitting people against each other — that I can’t stand that. It’s hurting our country badly,” Rubio said. “We can disagree on things, right? I’m a Dolphin fan, you’re a Patriot fan.”
Here’s video of Obama’s controversial mosque speech:
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