“I think that seems like a complete plant, it was a set up”
Conservative media has been busy spreading speculation that the xenophobic questioner at the Trump event last week concerned with Muslim “training camps” was actually a liberal plant looking to make the candidate and the party look foolish.
Here’s Fox’s “The Five”:
During a discussion of the incident that occurred on Thursday at a Trump town hall in New Hampshire, in which the GOP frontrunner refused to correct a supporter who not only spread false rumors about the president but also called for the eradication of Muslims from the United States, both Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling implied that the man in question was a “plant” or somehow not serious about his views.
“As far as Trump’s concerned with respect to this, I think that seems like a complete plant, it was a set up, it just sounds fake and phony and ridiculous,” Guilfoyle said of the man’s comments.
“It’s a joke, right?” Bolling agreed. “It’s almost comical the way it was delivered.”
Allahpundit over at Hot Air at least admits that it’s probably not a planted questioner… before speculating that “gee it sure does seem like a plant-y type question”:
there’s no reason to think this guy is a plant just because he’s surprising Trump with a question guaranteed to put him on the spot. Two: That said, this is so over the top, not just in the rhetoric (“when can we get rid of them?”) but in the speaker’s inflections, that it does play like some sort of prank. If you were intent on Mobying Trump at a Q&A for maximum embarrassment, this is precisely the question you’d ask. But then, that makes me wonder — did the audience even know there’d be a Q&A? Trump hasn’t done that before at his events and as far as I know it wasn’t advertised yesterday that he’d be doing one. There’s no way it was a prank if the audience didn’t know in advance they’d get a turn at the mic.
But here’s the thing. Why in the world would anyone speculate that this guy is a plant when the polling numbers show there would be no need for anyone to plan this. That guy wasn’t a plant. He’s Donald Trump’s base. And he’s not just Donald Trump’s base – he represents the Republican base.
Here’s a PPP poll from September 1st:
Trump’s beliefs represent the consensus among the GOP electorate. 51% overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship. 54% think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29% grant that President Obama was born in the United States. That’s less than the 40% who think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.
So conservatives, here’s my message to you. If you’re embarrassed by the questioner, to the point where you think he could only be some sort of evil liberal plant sent to embarrass the Republican party, it’s time to take a look in the mirror. You created this monster, and if you’re cringing over this stuff as much as it seems like you are, then it’s time for you to own it.