CNN’s Bash: Clinton Associates Said Obama Was a Muslim, Went to a Muslim School

‘President Obama or then Barack Obama was a Muslim, even that he went to a Madrasa which is a Muslim school’

TAPPER: “CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash is here. And, Dana, Donald Trump reminds us that some of these Obama is a Muslim rumor started by people who were supporting or working for Hillary Clinton in 2008.”

BASH: “That's right. The Clinton campaign back then always adamantly denied that that was true. But there were stories citing Clinton researchers or associates back then saying that President Obama or then Barack Obama was a Muslim, even that he went to a madrasa, which is a Muslim school, when he was a kid living in Indonesia. In fact, I remember when CNN's John Vause went to Jakarta to investigate that and it turned out the school never has had any religious curriculum. But I should just answering that, Jake, even Hillary Clinton herself sowed some doubt back in 2008 during a ‘60 Minutes"’ interview saying she didn't think Obama was a Muslim then, but she added, ‘Not that I know of.’ Now, being a Muslim and not believing one should be in the White House are very different. And that is today's controversy on the trail.

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BASH (voice-over): “Even in a campaign full of explosive comments, this one immediately stood out.”

CARSON: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

BASH (voice-over): “Ben Carson said that, he wouldn't want a Muslim as president, in answer to a question about whether the Islamic religion is consistent with the Constitution. Some of Carson's competitors distanced themselves.”

BASH: “That’s right. The Clinton campaign back then always adamantly denied that was true. But there were stories citing Clinton researchers or associates back then saying President Obama or then Barack Obama was a Muslim, even that he went to a Madrasa which is a Muslim school when he was a kid living in Indonesia. In fact, I remember when CNN’s John Voss went to Jakarta and it turned out the school never had any religious curriculum. Even Hillary Clinton herself sewed some doubt in 2008 saying she didn’t think Obama was a Muslim then, but she added ‘not that I know of.’ And being a Muslim and not believing one should be in the White House are very different. And that is today’s controversy on the trail. Even in a campaign full of explosive comments, this one immediately stood out.”

 

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