Asked why so many voters continue to mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim, Newt Gingrich said it's Obama's fault for acting like one:
"Why does the president behave the way that people would think that?" Gingrich said in response. "You have to ask why would they believe that? It's not cause they're stupid. It's because they watch the kind of things I just described to you."
Those "things," according to Politico's Ginger Gibson, are "anti-religious bigotry," or, as Gingrich explained further: "that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right to live Protestant organization in the country. I just think it's a very strange value system." The polls Gingrich was addressing include this recent one that found that over half of Mississippi's Republican primary voters believe Obama is a Muslim. But not because they're stupid. Probably because of what they are watching.
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