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At Florida Town Hall, Rick Santorum Cowardly Panders To Woman Who Alleges Obama Is ‘An Avowed Muslim’

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At Florida Town Hall, Rick Santorum Cowardly Panders To Woman Who Alleges Obama Is ‘An Avowed Muslim’

By Faiz Shakir

At a Rick Santorum town hall meeting in Lady Lake, Florida moments ago, a woman stood up to declare that she doesn’t like to refer to “President Obama as president because, legally, he is not.” While the audience gasped and clapped at the comment, Santorum restrained himself, refusing to utter a critical word.

The lady continued, Obama “totally ignores” the Constitution, prompting a nod of approval from Santorum. Then she went even further with her conspiracy rant:

He is an avowed Muslim. [applause] And my question is: why isn’t something being done to get him out of our government? He has no legal right to be calling himself President.

In an exemplary show of cowardice, Santorum did not tell the woman that she had her facts wrong or even bother to distance himself from the previous comments. Instead, he did the opposite, giving sanction to her views. “I’m doing my best to get him out” of office, Santorum said, “and you’re right about — he uniformly ignores the Constitution.”

The tail continued to wag the dog as the lady pressed Santorum for tougher language about Obama’s unconstitutionality. Santorum meekly responded, “I agree with you in the sense that he is – he does things that are against the values and the founding principles of our country.” Watch it:

First, of course, Obama is not an “avowed Muslim.” He is a Christian.

And he certainly has every right to be calling himself President as he was soundly elected by the people and has sworn an oath (twice) to uphold his duty to serve and protect the United States.

For Santorum, who frequently touts the need for strong “leadership” in this country, today’s profile in weakness shows he’s unable to stand up to his own right-wing fringe.

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4 Comments »

  1. Obama ignores the constitution…right.

    You mean how the Constitution says the government has no say in things such as marriage or religion in schools?

    And yet Santorum wants to dictate school policy regarding religion (Christianity) and ban same-sex marriage world wide. How can that NOT be against the 10th amendment?

  2. This maybe the fact because old Ricky is more interested in the abortion debate then dealing with our Presidents country of birth.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/rachel-maddow-abortion-republican-primary_n_1227458.html?ref=media

    Seriously, I could care less what religion our President is. Doesn’t bother me in the slightest that is until he decides to get in Front of Congress and declare that what ever he worships the whole country must. Then I will have a problem. This whole issue that President Obama is a Muslim, Bah! it’s a joke, if he was I say it is about time we got something new into 1600 Pennsylvania st.

  3. coward.

  4. What an idiot. Muslims now have no right to be President? Countdown until Hera, anon, Kafir Harby, and/or Criley start trolling: 3…2…1…

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