NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday decided to put his Republican guests on the spot with some classic “gotcha” action, asking Ben Carson and Donald Trump if they would be comfortable with a Muslim as president.
Predictably, the answers generated news, as intended. All of it “controversial,” or so the mainstream press reported.
Ben Carson offered a reasoned, if politically incorrect, answer that incited outrage in the media.
Asked if he thought Islam was consistent with the Constitution, Carson replied, “No, I do not,” adding, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
Uncharacteristically, Trump was a little more careful. “Would I be comfortable? I don’t know if we have to address it right now, but I think it’s certainly something that could happen,” he said.
These questions, which are designed to put candidates terrifyingly on the spot, somehow never seem to trickle over to liberals. Because the shocking truths that might be exposed will harm candidates the press would rather not harm too much — candidates who basically, in their hearts, are good people fighting the good fight, right? So why trouble them?
Here, then, are seven questions you will never hear the press ask a liberal. Thought they should.
Just imagine Bernie Sanders being on the receiving end of these.
Would you be comfortable with:
1. Someone as president who believes most of the Bible, including creationism?
2. A president who who was so successful as a capitalist he or she became a billionaire?
3. Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, as president?
4. A president who was a career military person who killed in battle and rose to the rank of general?
5. Someone as president who owns a gun collection?
6. A president who thinks Western civilization is better than all other civilizations?