Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended one of his supporters who told him to "get rid" of Muslims and claimed that President Obama was a foreign-born Muslim (video below).
During a town hall in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Sept. 17, the Trump supporter said, "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," noted CNN (video below).
The man asked Trump, "When can we get rid of them?"
Trump defended the man during an interview with "60 Minutes," which will be broadcast on Sept. 27. CBS News released a clip from the interview on Sept. 22, notes Mediaite.com.
“You let that pass and I wonder what that tells us about you," CBS News journalist Scott Pelley asked the GOP frontrunner.
"Look, he said mostly about Obama, that whole question was about," Trump stated. "I don't have to defend President Obama, he's not going to defend me. So whether you agree with the man or don't agree, and there were people in that audience, you probably noticed that did agree with him."
“It was a testing moment for a man running for president,” Pelley replied.
Trump disagreed, but Pelley said the man was a "bigot" who Trump could have "slapped down."
"Well, you don't know that," Trump insisted. "You don't know that. I mean he asked a question, you don't know that he was a bigot."
Pelley reminded Trump that the man wanted to get rid of Muslims, but Trump countered by saying how much he (Trump) loves Muslims and has many Muslim friends living in his building.
Now, we can say there are no problems with the Muslims. There's no problem. There's no terrorism. There's no problem, there's no anything, they didn't knock down the World Trade Center. To the best of my knowledge, the people that knocked down the World Trade Center, you know where they, they didn't fly back to Sweden.
However, since 9/11, most of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. have been carried out by non-Muslim, white supremacists, anti-government types and other extremists, noted The New York Times.
The newspaper cited a study by New America, a research agency in Washington D.C., that found non-Muslims have killed 48 people, while self-proclaimed Muslim Jihadists have taken 26 lives since 9/11.