Updated with video: Donald Trump has declined to explain whether he intended to suggest Monday that President Obama was sympathetic to Islamic terrorists in interviews the day after the Orlando shootings.
“He doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump said, of Obama, in an interview the day after a lone gunman slaughtered 49 patrons of a gay nightclub in Orlando while pledging allegiance to ISIS.
“We’re led by a man who is not tough, not smart – or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it,” Trump said in another interview. Both interviews aired on Fox News Channel.
In a campaign speech earlier in the day, Trump said Muslims “have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad.” He added, “they know what’s going on. They know that he was bad.”
“Yes, All Muslims know what other Muslims are thinking,” Colbert said on his CBS late night show. “They’re magical that way. Trump learned that from the documentary Aladdin.”
“This whole speech, with its nativism, its fear mongering, and especially self aggrandizing in the face of tragedy feels like a new low. It makes me long for the days when Trump was just bragging about the size of his penis,” Colbert snarked.
In those subsequent radio interviews, “Trump didn’t come right out and call the president a secret Muslim. But a lot of people took it that way, So yesterday Trump clarified his vague statement – by making a vaguer one,” Colbert marveled.
“Well you know I”ll let people figure that out for themselves,” Trump had said when asked, “What did you mean by that?” in a radio with WRKO’s Howie Carr.
Which Colbert did, with a diagram.