Willard, the Official Spokesman and Champion for Religious Tolerance, doesn’t think Muslims deserve to be in his cabinet. Nice! (updated below)

“…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.”

How generous of him. You know, Muslims could perhaps clean up the place after hours or serve meals. And based on the numbers? I thought conservatives were against those types of racial quotas. And aren’t Mormons a pretty tiny minority in this country, too? Yeesh.

Romney’s mouthpiece Kevin Madden sounds like a man who isn’t worried at all what GOP primary voters think about this, saying,

‘At this point, we’re not focused on what Gov. Romney’s Cabinet might look like. But the governor does not believe that in order to effectively fight radical jihad you need to have Muslims serving in the Cabinet.

Stay classy, Willard!

More here and here.

UPDATE

Yglesias adds an important new wrinkle.

At a press conference today, Mitt Romney denied having said that he would refuse to consider putting a qualified Muslim in his cabinet, but Greg Sargent says two witnesses are backing up Mansour Ijaz’s version of events:

One of the witnesses, Irma Aguirre, a former finance director of the Nevada Republican Party who described herself as a registered Republican, says that she saw Romney’s comments as “racist.” She further paraphrased Romney as saying: “They’re radical. There’s no talking to them. There’s no negotiating with them.”

The other witness is “a self-described local registered Republican named George Harris.”

 Uh-oh.