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. Bob W

    He probably stumbled because he's really agnostic or athiest, but does the religion thing because that's what politicians have to do.

    August 24, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Lynn M.

    I am an independent who believes President Obama is a Christian mainly because he was a member of his previous congregation for over twenty years. I am also pleased to know he follows his beliefs in his daily life rather than trying to score political points off of God. By the way I also believe he is a legal tax paying US citizen because the Secretary of State i Hawaii has confirmed this twice and two newspapers reported his birth when his mother had him. As an independent what I want to see Is for all this crap to stop and for these people to get to work on trying to run this country properly.

    August 24, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Francisco Cardenas

    why are there so many idiots in the GOP?

    August 24, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Ndubueze Chuku

    Todd Herman is a big full and it is people like him that rub America's name in the mud. The RNC did the right thing to distance themselves from this bigotted IDIOT.

    August 24, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. JR

    I guess these are the same people wondering why so many think the Muslim lie, could it be because THEY are the ones starting the rumor, you can always depend on republicans to fall back on the old FEAR and SMEAR, it has worked so well for them in the past and they really have nothing else.

    August 24, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Rick in AZ

    The Rebublicans do this over and over. They make some outrageous statement then claim it was meant as a joke or taken out of context. The RNC's leader Michael Steele sets the tone for that organization. He is a despicable person . How prescient of the Obama family to put notices in two Honolulu newspapers to announce his birth because they had the forsight to know he would be President. President Obama also with a prevision of the problems he would encounter went to the same Chistian church of the Rev. Wright for twenty years. Hey its one way or the other. He either went to a "racist" church or he's a Muslim. Pick one- you can't have them both!!

    August 24, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Disgusted

    As an Independent Voter.. I'm now reminded of why I distanced myself from the GOP. It's stuff like this that drives me crazy. Why wasn't the GOP's new media director tweeting his ideas for creating new jobs in this country? Why not tweet about their plans to fix the economy? Evidently they have no better solutions then the democrats, so they'd rather we just focus on the trivial stuff that won't fix ANYTHING.

    THIS is why I'll just stay home in November.. i'm disgusted by BOTH parties.

    August 24, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. guy from NM

    GOP/ RNC need the masses uneducated and ignorant , that is the only way they would get vote.

    August 24, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Kay

    If Obama was a Muslim, Hillary Clinton would have exposed it during the campaign when she was trying to get the nomination.

    Can we just drop this stupidity and focus on the REAL problems we're facing?

    August 24, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Sue

    Did you know that Islam allows muslims to drink, eat pork, act Westernized, etc-–as long as it is being done to further the ambitions/triumphs of Muslims.

    How else do you think that some of the 9/11 terrorists who were living here taking flight lessons, going to dinner with US citizens, having their pictures taken with US citizens, acting Westernized, etc.--were able to manipulate/trick the "infidels' until their 9/11 plans were ready to go.

    Remember in August 2009--when obama went to speak at Georgetown Univ--and he required that all Christian pictures/symbols be covered with black cloth?? If you do not believe me, GOOGLE it.

    Bottom line.........if it walks like a duck.......

    August 24, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Sounds like the new media director of the Rabid Nazi Committee is just amping up the battle cry for the midterms!

    August 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    With all the childish pranks the repugs are playing these days, one wonders if there is a single grown-up among them. seems all their time is taken up with this kind of crap. no wonder they don't have any time or 'brain' power left to actually think of ways to solve the major problems our country is facing. they'd rather sit whoopie cushions on our chairs and leave fake vomit on our desks. what a bunch of total losers!

    August 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Dan

    How does the Media Director of the RNC issue "errant" or "sarcastic" media? Talk about amateur. Then to have (boss?) RNC spokesman do damage control, is just embarrassing. And how exactly does any President "grow jobs"?

    August 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. DemiCrat

    Man, the RNC is bitter and keeps eating its foot.

    August 24, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. rdepontb

    Yep. About as clear as Mitch McConnell made it this past Sunday on Meet the Press with David Gregory-"I take him at his word. It's not in dispute!" Look of shocked owl on the front of his head the whole while.

    So, is the RNC keeping this clown? Or was he in fact just clumsy in doing exactly what he was hired to do?

    August 24, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Chinchilla

    The GOP really, really needs to stop making fumbles like these. They – Democrats too – need to just close their mouths, do their jobs, and serve the country like they're expected. They're not reality show stars, and they need to stop pretending to be them, too.

    August 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. !rooster

    This type of nonsense is typical of a blond haired blue eyed devil.

    August 24, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    And these are the people who want to lead our country? God help us if they regain control!

    August 24, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. thomas

    The RNC sure has new ideas ?

    August 24, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. jim

    The people who cling to the belief that President Obama is Muslim use this to mask other, equally as ludicrous attempts at thinking.....They do not deserve to enjoy the freedoms that so many men and women died for. They don't even understand them. They are small minded bigots who cling to fantasies. They are beyond education. I am so very proud ofthe fact that I've lived to see the American people elect a person of color, more specifically a black man. For one, I wish we had more Moslem representation in this country to balance the poltical playing field. Think how much progress would have already been made in theMiddle East. Ignorance isn't "bliss." It's just plain stupid!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Squigman

    I enjoy watching these motherless creeps, getting their tongues caught in the meat grinder. After the blow-up, they act as though it was only meant sarcastically, and no one should be offended, but the exact opposite always happens because the comments show real intent, and the desire to divide people. I hope this November, the very perpretrators of this kind of (so called leadership), get handed their hats, and told where the door is located.

    August 24, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. The Unsub

    it is stuff like this that absolutely guarantees that no republican majority/presidency ever again

    August 24, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Kevin Collins

    I could utterly care less about a president's religion - it has absolutely nothing to do with doing his job. For pete's sake, people, get the hell *over* it. I didn't like Bush and I'm not a Christian, but did I take him to task over his choice of religion? Nooooooooo!

    August 24, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Michael

    From their MEDIA DIRECTOR, no less!

    August 24, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Robin Bray

    As always, the Republicans make the smear attack and then say I'm sorry after it has been widely spread. Same old tactic as always.

    August 24, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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