Donald Trump has reportedly suggested that President Obama would have attended Justice Scalia’s funeral if it were in a mosque. The accusation from Trump comes after the President did not attend Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s funeral on Feb. 20.
President Obama and the First Lady reportedly paid their respects to Scalia in the Supreme Court building on Feb. 19, reports The Christian Post.
Trump’s Feb. 20 Facebook post criticizing the President’s absence reads, “I wonder if President Obama would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a Mosque? Very sad that he did not go.”
The President has recently come under fire from Republicans after missing Scalia’s funeral.
Adele Malpass, GOP Chairwoman for Manhattan, said, “Only President Obama could turn a funeral into a partisan event.”
“He has once again missed an opportunity to bridge a partisan divide and chooses to divide people instead of bringing people together even when it comes to the funeral of a statesman.”
The White House has defended Obama’s decision to skip the funeral, noting that Vice President Joe Biden attended the funeral instead.
“Obviously, when the vice president travels to some place, his security footprint is at least a little bit lighter,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
“But given his personal relationship with the family and given the president’s desire to find a respectful way to pay tribute to Justice Scalia’s service to the country, we believe we have settled on an appropriate and respectful arrangement.”
The White House press secretary accused Republicans of trying to use Scalia’s funeral for political gain, reports The New York Times.
“Some people actually want to use the funeral of the Supreme Court justice as some sort of political cudgel. The President doesn’t think that’s appropriate, and, in fact, what the president thinks is appropriate is respectfully paying tribute to high-profile patriotic American citizens even when you don’t agree on all the issues,” said Earnest.
This is not the first time that Republican front runner Trump has suggested that the President is a Muslim.
When Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore in February, Trump commented, “... maybe he feels comfortable there,” reports CNN.