Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday knocked the media for posing an "absurd, hypothetical question" about supporting a potential Muslim candidate in the White House.
"This is a dumb game that the press is playing," the GOP presidential candidate said in a statement, alluding to questions from the previous day on whether Republican presidential candidates would vote for a Muslim for president.
Jindal challenged members of the press to find a Muslim candidate with several criteria, including one who would "respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America."
“If you can find me a Muslim candidate who is a Republican, who will fight hard to protect religious liberty, who will respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America, who will be committed to destroying ISIS and radical Islam, who will condemn cultures that treat women as second-class citizens and who will place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution, then yes, I will be happy to consider voting for him or her," Jindal said.
“If you can't, I’ll settle for voting for a Christian governor from Louisiana," Jindal added.
The Louisiana governor is among 16 candidates currently vying for the Republican nomination, none of whom subscribe to Islam.
Fellow GOP presidential candidate Ben CarsonBen CarsonRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong MORE sparked controversy on Sunday by declaring he wouldn't get behind electing a Muslim for the White House.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said in an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
“I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson added. “If it’s inconsistent with the values of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and [is] consistent with the Constitution, no problem.”
The retired neurosurgeon later doubled down on those remarks in an interview with The Hill, saying, "I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of our country" and saying he "wouldn't have any problem" with a Muslim candidate as long as they "publicly rejected" Sharia law.