- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a senior moment Sunday night, when he wondered aloud on Twitter what Muslim Americans President Obama could have been referring to when the president said “Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our coworkers, our sports heroes.” And whether Mr. Obama was racially profiling?

Well, just call The Donald “Forgetful Trump.” For starters, there’s “The Greatest,” legendary boxer and Olympian Muhammad Ali, who honored Mr. Trump at Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIII in 2007. Mr. Ali is a Kentucky native.

There’s also Mr. Ali’s gorgeous daughter Laila, a boxing champ in her own right.

Pull out the Geritol, Mr. Trump, because there are tons more, including boxer Bernard Hopkins, a Philly native, who fought in your Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.

Who and what sport, you asked?

How could you not recall Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s long, lean hook machine? Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rasheed Wallace and Larry Johnson?

And while you were proving yourself a New York businessman to be taken seriously, Ahmad Rashad was doing the same on the football field.

And after you had become more than a mere uber-businessman, there’s Mike Tyson, who endorsed your candidacy. Iron Mike. A fellow native New Yorker, albeit via Bed-Stuy. Really, Mr. Trump?

Mr. Ali and Mr. Tyson, two of the most famous and easily recognizable athletes around the globe, pay considerable homage to you, and you forget they are Muslim?

Said Motherjones.com on Monday morning, after your Twitter commentary:

Trump and Tyson are old friends who did business together in the late 1980s, when the real estate mogul promoted and hosted several of Tyson’s fights at his Atlantic City casinos and even fashioned himself for a time as the boxer’s “business adviser.” And in a largely forgotten episode, Trump came to the boxer’s aid during one the darkest moments of Tyson’s career — his 1992 conviction for raping a beauty queen. To save the champ from being locked up, Trump pitched a highly controversial proposal that would have essentially allowed Tyson to buy his way out of prison. To some observers, it looked like Trump was engaging in a form of bribery — or at least attempting to rig the system.

Mr. Trump, you accused Mr. Obama of racial profiling because he cited our Muslim American sports heroes?

Seems the pot is calling the kettle black.

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