As the controversy was heating up Thursday over Donald Trump failing to correct a man that said President Obama is a Muslim during a campaign rally stop, CNN's Don Lemon weighed in asking, "So what if he is a Muslim?"
Lemon's question comes after a man at Trump's New Hampshire rally stood up and said, "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."
The man went on to ask Trump how the United States can get rid of "training camps" that are popping up around the country with the goal of killing Americans.
Trump at least answered the part about the training camps, saying it would be something he would look into as president. But it's because he didn't immediately shut down the man's accusations that had Lemon so upset.
On his program Thursday night, Lemon reacted:
My question is, what if the president was a Muslim? What does it matter? Aren't Muslims Americans, as well? Don't we have the right to religion in this country? So, what if he is a Muslim? He's not one. So, what's the big deal here? What's going on?
Lemon's guest Robert Costa, of The Washington Post, agreed that "every faith should be respected," and added that this "political controversy" will be the burning topic that will be lingering in the air at Trump's next interview as the lead question.
Costa then shared a quote from a statement from the Trump camp: "The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians."