GOP presidential candidates Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) largely punted on Tuesday on a question regarding Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim Texas teenager who was arrested over a “hoax bomb.”
During the first CNN Republican debate on Tuesday, the Louisiana governor initially responded by saying Muslim leaders are not doing enough to criticize terrorists, before criticizing President Barack Obama’s policies on terrorism.
Host Jake Tapper pressed him, telling him he did not answer the question about “striking the difference between vigilance and discrimination.”
“He was released — I’m glad that police are careful,” Jindal said of Mohamed. “I’m glad they’re worried about safety.”
Jindal then veered off, saying the “biggest discrimination” in the country was suffered by Christian business owners who oppose same-sex marriage, and alluding to Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.
The senator then jumped into the discussion, saying he was more worried about “radical Islamic terrorists who are already here” than her.
“Here’s the reality: young men from the Mid East are different than Kim Davis,” Graham said. “And we’ve gotta understand that.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.
"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.