Blast from the 2008 Past: An Avowed Muslim

During a town-hall meeting hosted by Rick Santorum in Florida today, one of his supporters was given the chance to speak and what she had to say sounded awfully like something out of the 2008 election.

Woman: I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not. Okay. And, well, he constantly says that our constitution is passe and he totally ignores it as you know. He does what he darn well pleases. He is an, uh, avowed Muslim. 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.

Santorum: Yeah, well, I'm doing my best to get him out of the government. And you’re right about how he uniformly ignores the Constitution. [...]

He does as he darn well pleases? I could barely transcribe those few short sentences without cursing or breaking localized objects.

I couldn't help but think of this moment from the 2008 campaign while listening.

At least John McCain had the sense, and the decency, to quickly cut the woman off and correct the record that then-candidate Barack Obama was not a secret-Arab, Muslim terrorist.

Obviously President Obama -- and yes, he absolutely should be referred to as President Obama -- is not an "avowed Muslim," nor does he ignore the constitution. In fact, President Obama regularly reiterates the need to avoid constitutional conflicts as witnessed in recent executive statements. And let's not forget that he taught constitutional law before running for office.

Rick Santorum should be embarrassed by not setting the record straight, and for the shit-eating grin on his face while she spoke, because what that woman said was outright inflammatory and grossly inaccurate. It's also an ugly reminder that birtherism, and the notion that the president is some secret-Muslim, is still with us four years after electing him.

(via ThinkProgress)

  • Obama was the first Democrat that my father-in-law voted for in a couple decades. After the election he told me: “I voted for Obama and he’s a Muslim.”

    I corrected him, but the funny thing is it didn’t phase this typical Republican and devote Catholic.

  • margietalks

    Did she also mention that the President’s adorable? Let’s face it, Rick Santorum isn’t exactly a brain trust. Look at some of the ignoramus statements he’s made. The best thing we can do to set the record straight is to re-elect the president. When I was a young girl, you barely saw black people on television….and the ones on there were goof balls. Over time, black people were portrayed as regular people…. which is what they are. Now we have a president who is cracking perceptions all over the nation about black people and even though he is not Muslim, being Muslim should not disqualify an American citizen from the office of president. His example is the best education for the dummie in the audience. And I am on the search for an Obama bumper sticker because of the statement President Obama made in support of Row v. Wade and the women’s lives that ruling represents.

  • Chachizel

    This woman is an idiot, no doubt, but…she’s only spitting out what she hears the dirt bags on Faux News repeat day after day after day after day. I blame it on them. An yes, Santorum is an asshole for not saying anything

  • jmby

    These crazy, bigoted, blinded-by-fear-and-hatred people say “Muslim” but they really mean “Black”. They just know they shouldn’t say THAT in public. Somehow, they imagine in their twisted pea brains, that irrational fear and hatred of Muslims is more acceptable To others than irrational fear and hatred of American Americans.

    • GrafZeppelin127

      I don’t think “Black” is the word they’re substituting for…..

      • jmby

        Yeah, but they know they can’t say THAT word out loud anymore. Or, I should say “yet”. Because it’s just a matter of time until some Republican politician or shout-radio host does, thereby endorsing its ugly use in public again. They’re a hair’s breadth away from it now, and Gingrich is about to really ramp up the hate, I have a feeling. It’s working for him already, and he hasn’t even gotten started.

        • vgranucci

          I’ve been expecting Limbaugh to drop the N-bomb for months.

  • D_C_Wilson

    It never ceases to amaze me how little the Obama that exists in reality resembles the caricature that found only in the deluded minds of the wingnuts.

  • muselet

    New Oxford American Dictionary:

    avow verb [reporting verb] assert or confess openly

    Open question to Rick Santorum, the stupid bint who asked the question and any birfers out there: when did Barack Obama ever say he was a Muslim, and to whom? (References to articles published on World Net Daily will result in much pointing and laughing at your expense.)


    • D_C_Wilson

      I’d rather she substantiate her claim that he, ” constantly says that our constitution is passe”.

      • incredulous72

        SERIOUSLY! Where did she get that “gem” from?

        I really think people like that sleep with their TVs on the Fox news channel and this crap seeps into their brains during REM.

  • gescove

    I submit he does not wear a sweater vest. He wears a knitted douchebag cozy.

  • “Blah Plives” Santorum can’t even stick up for his own words. He’s definitely not going to set someone else straight.

  • I am sick and goddamn tired of this Sarah Palin type bullshit. Santorum is a wimpy assed little prick.

  • JWheels

    Is anyone really surprised that a man who equates gay sex to pedophilia and bestiality didn’t feel the need to correct the vicious hateful bigotry that woman spouted? The level of hate speech that has been tolerated from the right since Sarah Palin came out on the national stage is completely sickening. Santorum is a bigot anyway so he probably didn’t think there was anything wrong with what she said in the first place.

  • Santorum, being the gutless piece of garbage that he is, plays the “it’s not my responsibility to correct…” card. https://twitter.com/#!/Lindsey_CBSNJ/status/161542142890741762

    He wants to be the “leader of the free world”, but correcting this misinformed mouth breather, isn’t his responsibility.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    These people are living in a fictional universe, talking about a fictional character. I don’t know what else can be said.

  • Also, just saw a jonathan alter tweet:

    @jonathanalter: Santorum says not up to him to correct hateful voter who said Obama a Muslim. Pathetic. Whatever McCain’s other flaws, he did so in ’08.

  • Irony is going to kill itself. No religious test etc.. Dumb lady needs to read the Document she’s screeching about.

    There was a perfect opportunity for Santorum to prove his constitutional bona fides and school her. I would say he’s a coward, but that’s not why he let it slide. The more “otherness” he can squeeze out of the stupid pig people in relation to President Obama, the better for him. So, not a coward, a cynical fuckstick.