Donald Trump is facing criticism for remaining silent while a supporter went on an anti-Muslim rant. Last night, Trump hosted a town hall meeting in New Hampshire that kicked off with some spirited remarks from a man that is best described as YouTube comments come to life. Town hall meetings are used by candidates on the campaign trail to take questions from citizens in an open forum. The tricky part about open forums is that anyone can say anything once they get the microphone. This gentleman began with several statements about Muslims before he was reminded that he needed to ask an actual question.
We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American.
When Trump laughed and pressed him for a question, the man asked how we'll get rid of "training camps." Presumably he meant training camps for extremists, and Trump had a very specific, policy-driven response that reveals his nuanced skills in statecraft:
You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We're going to be looking at that and many other things.
That is the detailed answer from a person who wishes to be Commander in Chief of the U.S. armed forces. He will look at things and make bad things not happen. This is democracy at work, in all its glory.