Minding other’s houses

On Thursday night, at a rally in Rochester, NH, someone asked the following question to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American. Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”

Trump responded: “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We’re going to be looking at that and many other things.”

There are several things we could say in regards to this jaw-dropping Q-and-A exchange, but let’s focus on Trump’s response to his lack of response:

I can’t believe I’m going to say this…but I agree with Trump to a point.

Would it have been nice for Trump to refute the contentions of the crazy man at the rally? Of course. It would be nice if more of us took stands against those that are on our side. I’m proud to be a liberal, but I’m not afraid to call out my own. Am I hesitant? Absolutely! Why? Because it hurts to realize that your team may be wrong. But at the same time, I don’t expect anyone else to do what I do…BECAUSE it’s hard to do. In the end, we’re all on the same team. That’s similar to demanding and expecting apologies…if you go through life like that, your expectations are set too high, and you are going to be disappointed a lot.

So, where is that fine line? I’m not sure…I think someone running for president like Donald Trump should refute something like what happened on Thursday, especially when he doesn’t seem afraid to open his mouth at all. But we also know that the President is not a Kenyan Muslim, perhaps in small part because of the work of Trump. And at the same time, how many of us have taken on our own crazies?

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