Washington, D.C. — In a startling reversal of official policy, President Obama said in a press conference today that Sharia law, the legal framework of Islam that defines much of daily life in some countries, is, “worth investigating before we judge.”
“Look, the American people are comfortable mixing religion and law. We do it every day,” he said to an audience in Nevada County, California. “While I don’t agree with everything that might come out of a Saudi cleric’s mouth, I think it’s worth listening to. Let’s try to keep an open mind.”
Reaction among the crowd ranged from stunned silence to disgust, with several people yelling obscenities and walking out.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had sharp words for the President.
“See this is what I’m talking about people. Always with the thinking and listening with this guy. Never with the acting. I tell you something. You won’t catch me thinking.”
Hillary Clinton, who Obama has endorsed, refused to comment, stating she was under no legal obligation to do so.