Carson Campaign Makes False Claim About His Anti-Muslim Comment
Ben Carson’s campaign is now saying that the candidate just meant America isn’t ready for a Muslim president. However, that’s not what Carson said. Carson was clear that we should not have a Muslim president because, in his view, Islam isn’t consistent with our Constitution.
Carson campaign spokesman Doug Watts said Carson will likely reach out to members of the Muslim community in wake of the comments but said the interview should be “watched or read carefully.”
“He did not say that a Muslim should be prevented from running, or barred from running in any way,” Watts said. “He [Carson] just doesn’t believe the American people are ready for that.”
Carson said Sunday in response to an interview question that “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
When asked if a candidate’s faith should matter to voters, Carson said, “I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.” When asked if he thought Islam is consistent with the Constitution, Carson said, “No, I don’t, I do not.”