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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. d

    Why can't the GOP think up any new lies?

    August 24, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. gino

    How low can you go? Ask the Repugs and they will outbid you every time.

    August 24, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. ruty

    I heard George Bush say that Islam is a beautiful religion and that he had a Kuran put in the white house. Now, what do you have to say about that.? That was on TV.

    August 24, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Kevin from Texas

    Sarcasm: harsh or bitter derision or irony.

    Okay, I would agree that they were harshly and bitterly being derisive of the President. What's new.

    Something tells me they know little of Irony over at the RNC.

    August 24, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Hawk1

    Todd herman is a first class nut job, he ranks right in there with palin, limbaugh, beck and ann coulter. with people like those you wonder just how far these right wnig consertive family values ( think david vitter) radical far out crazies will go with their lies. any one that votes for these kind of people do not need watching, they need to be looked after.

    August 24, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Don Wuerl

    Why is the President's religious views an issue to begin with? This should never have been brought up by the RNC, Beck, Limbaugh, Levin, and Fox! There are real issues like jobs, economy, ect. to be worried about.

    August 24, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Richard Komi

    The RNC can distance itself from the tweet all it wants as far as I am concerned it is just a game. Who started questioning the president's citizenship and faith? It was Republicans who could not believe that an African American with a strange name could win the presidency.

    August 24, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. cecilia

    Sure it was a mistake – just "slip" it out there and then say you are sorry. not such a big problem unless you are intentionally spreading hate and lies and you have a gullible audience – the damage is done, but gosh, it was not your fault. you guys are a bunch of liars.

    August 24, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. OpenYourEyes

    Why isn't anyone asking the obvious..."So what if he's Muslim?" The guy clearly isn't Muslim but would Herman's career continue if he questioned Lieberman's ability to govern as a Jew? This is very antisimetic...and if you don't believe me...look up the definition of antisemetic.

    August 24, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Mr. Bill

    If the Republicans can keep the Muslim question in play thru the election they will have people voting against Democrats based on fear.
    While the RNC says one thing, they have other conservatives who keep stirring up the subject to keep it in play.
    Did you know Ronald Reagan's religion? He never went to church when he was in Washington for 8 years.

    August 24, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Atwater, snake-oil salesman, all of them. The are all driven by money, and they all make me sick.

    August 24, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Kate

    Tell me the Republicans have all become the same as the nutjobs they pander to. Yet another one spouting incredible idiocy.

    August 24, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. David Scott

    Just another ignorant, bigoted rip-publican.

    August 24, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. DENNA

    If the Rethugs hope to 'take control' of the House and Senate in November, they would do well to stop foaming at the mouth and growling like wounded dogs. Really, really, you are going to scare away some people who might, and I don't know why, want to vote for you. You are seriously scaring the sane people in America.

    August 24, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. No-sense makes nonsense

    We live in a country whose Constitution is based on The Enlightenment Principle that finally separated Government from The Church. There is no requirement that our US President have any religion. His role is to assist the other two branches of our Free Democracy to uphold that separation.

    August 24, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Dave

    Once again, the GOP proves that it is a party of intolerant, holier-than-thou idiots who will stoop to anything for power. Then again, that's all they have. They sure don't have any solutions, class, brains, or integrity to run on.

    August 24, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Doug Parker

    Watch out. Its the neo-conservative mantra once again. Portray Islam and muslims in a vile, negative light to garner support and keep fighting endless wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. Ron Paul said it best.

    I'm conservative by heart. But I hope that the american public won't be duped once again and be bled by these thugs and blood suckers.

    August 24, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. David Scott

    Are christians so bloody stupid that they will never believe in anything but GOD? Their GOD must be a bigot also. Christians are more fanatic than
    many other religions. Why do christians HATE EVERYONE?

    August 24, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Clark1b

    if it is crystal clear .... why is there a question at all?

    August 24, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Toni from Tampa

    RNC continues to expose itself...and I hope they continue through November as Americans are smarter than this. President Obama need sto NOT get in the middle of this unhealthy populast fray of comments and inflammatory rhetoric. Dems will retain control of House and Senate-it is the only way we move this country forward.

    August 24, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Livin the good life

    I guess nothing is off limits now-a-days. I wonder if the President uses the same toilet paper as me. If I were as stupid as some of the other people we hear from, I would "be stupid" and boycott him for that too if he didn't. We ALL know WHY he is scrutinized/put down and causes so much pain for some don't we? And IT is stupid! Some cannot even fathom that he is in the White House. That in itself is stupid. A word I see and hear about more and more these days. Such a shame that people cannot move on and get on with their lives. Oh, that's right, some people do not have one! Beau Colby

    August 24, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    A PRIME example of Republican class.

    August 24, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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