August 24th, 2010
06:47 PM ET
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Muslim tweet meant sarcastically, RNC says

The RNC said Tuesday that a staffer's tweet was meant sarcastically.

The RNC said Tuesday that a staffer's tweet was meant sarcastically.

Washington (CNN) The Republican National Committee distanced itself Tuesday from a tweet issued by the committee's new media director, Todd Herman, which questioned whether President Obama himself is part of the 20 percent of the country that believes he is a Muslim.

"Watch – Is @BarackObama amongst the 20% who think he's Muslim?" Herman tweeted on Friday. The message included a link to an interview taped during the 2008 campaign in which Obama stumbled while explaining his religious views.

First reported Tuesday by Politico, the tweet prompted the RNC to make clear that President Obama's Christian faith is "crystal clear" and that the tweet was sarcastic in nature.

"An errant, or sarcastically-intended tweet aside, the RNC has never spoken about the President's Christianity because it is both crystal clear and a non-issue," RNC spokesman Doug Heye said in a statement. "What is an issue, and remains foremost in the minds of voters is the failed efforts of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to grow jobs. Today, it was announced that existing home sales plunged by 27%; discussing this issue will serve the voters far better than any nonsense that won't employ a single American."

According to the survey released last week by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, up from around one in 10 Americans who said he was Muslim last year.

While most of those who think Obama is Muslim are Republicans, the number of independents who believe he is Muslim has expanded significantly, from 10 percent last year to 18 percent now.

Talk of the poll results dominated Washington discourse last week, forcing the White House to reiterate that President Obama is a Christian.

"President Obama is a committed Christian, and his faith is an important part of his daily life," Deputy White House Communications Director Jen Psaki told CNN. "He prays every day, he seeks a small circle of Christian pastors to give him spiritual advice and counseling, he even receives a daily devotional that he uses each morning. The president's Christian faith is a part of who he is, but not a part of what the public or the media is focused on every day."

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Seriously, conservatives, is this your tactic? Question your President's religion? Stupid *ss morons. Your rights to vote should all be revoked.

    August 24, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Guest

    The problem with many people is they do not understand, nor can they even begin to fathom the meaning of the word Islam or what it means to be a Muslim.
    Learn more at Apageinthelife blogspot com and 'The Secret of Min'

    August 24, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Sam I Am

    Republicans are gutless slimeballs. I used to be a Republican, but ever since Bush's second term, I have moved to candidates that have ethics. This is just another example of Republican's smear campaigns, and then they don't even have the guts to stand up and take credit for it. Could a political party be any more pathetic?

    August 24, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. anthony

    Have they not learned from Mark Williams? When you sent out a fake message on behalf of someone else who did not ask you to do so, and you say it was sarcasm, you mean that you really believe that the person actually thinks in the way that was portrayed in the message?

    August 24, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The GOP seems determined to act like snarky middle school delinquents. How anyone can take them seriously is a mystery – or a case of stupidity.

    August 24, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. w l jones

    Muslin in Europe for eight or nine hundred !think before one judge.

    August 24, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Gpenn

    Does anyone have any doubts about where and why this whole Mosque issue is coming from? This is another wedge issue dreamed up by the party of fear and hate. Sadly they know how to stoke the fire and help it spread.

    August 24, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Moe NY

    The GOP/Republicans/Right Wing Conservaties are such a disgusting group of people. Just when you think they can sink no lower, they out do themselves. Wake up fellow citizens, you cannot possibly want these types of people leading our country. President Obama has my vote in 2012. This president has worked harder for our country than anyother president that comes to mind, and he is certainly a president for the people...unlike the GOP, who favors corporate rule.

    August 24, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    Can Republicans do anything without screwing up and making idiots out of themselves? ANYTHING?

    August 24, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    The Regulicans want us to keep our mouths shut about who is to blame for the economic mess we are in so why should we believe them for a minute. They deregulated Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street to create our financial mess and they now want the ignorant to give them a second chance to finish the job with their old policies that brought it on. They are liars and want to pass the blame or at least they have deaf ears to the truth!

    August 24, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Just adding to the hate, fear, division.

    We believe you - after all, the sun came up in the west this morning.

    August 24, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    These people are just mean and disgusting! Oh, and that's NOT being fecicious.

    August 24, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Nadeem

    This guy should resign. If the GOP is to be taken seriously and govern people like this should be shown the door

    August 24, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Don Lee

    The RNC and all their tribe are totally out of control and have done an amazing job of destroying the work of a good President. It's just too bad that history books looking back on the stupidity of the Right Wing don't help us now as we struggle to rebuild the country.

    August 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Flyingmate

    What is wrong with being Muslim in America???

    August 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. 4freedom1

    Todd Herman should be fired. Its comments like the one he made that hurt the GOP.

    August 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Bill

    Liberals have no sense of humor anymore.

    August 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. mh

    I love the tweet!! Obama is a muslim!!

    August 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Richard in California

    Wow. Is the RNC a complete joke now? How anyone can support a party that ignores proven fact, and goes by their gut feeling of what they "think" that the Bible "teaches" them. They would be funnier than Stephen Colbert, if they were actually trying to be funny. The problem is that they, unlike Stephen Colbert, are actually trying to be serious. Wow.

    August 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Steinhauser's left ear lean outward when he is putting a republican spin on his lies. Watch him.

    August 24, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. paul

    people are more and more sarcastic in how they answer polls – they'll go to the most controversial answer just to stir up the hen house and therefore the polls become worthless.

    August 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. JW Nicholson

    As it has been said before, "STUPID should hurt more!"

    August 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. 4freedom1

    Todd Herman and Michael Steele must be Democatic Party plants. Why else would they do and say such foolish things

    August 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Jackalope

    Typical Republican Obama-hate. They don't have anything to offer the American people, so they make up nasty things to say about Obama.

    August 24, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. jules sand-perkins

    If President Obama says that he is a Christian, I believe him. Sometimes it is easier to deny Christ than to claim faith in Him.
    Still, the President's religion has nothing to do with his job performance.
    Being born in the USA is required of a president; being religious is not.

    August 24, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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