Carson, meanwhile, was asked Sunday whether a president’s faith should matter to voters.
Carson went into a little more detail with his beliefs, saying that a Muslim president would not align with American principles. “I absolutely would not agree with that”.
Carson said he thinks the president’s faith ought to be consistent with the USA constitution and after he was asked if he considers Islam to be consistent, he said: “No, I do not”.
The retired neurosurgeon also said Islam, as a religion, was inconsistent with the Constitution.
He said Mr Carson’s comments were particularly offensive to U.S. soldiers who are Muslim.
He and Carson both said they believe Obama is a Christian, although Trump declined several times during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” to say that he thought Obama was born in the U.S.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his response to an anti-Muslim question over the weekend by explaining that he would not call out anti-black racists at his campaign events either.
“For Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or any other Republican politician to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for office is out of touch with who we are as a people“, the Democrat from Minnesota said.
In reaction to Carson’s comments, Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Washington Examiner: “I think his remarks should be repudiated by everyone on the political spectrum and that he should withdraw”.
He CNN’s “State of the Union” that “radical Muslims” are a problem in the United States. More than perhaps any single individual, Trump is responsible for planting doubts about Obama’s birthplace and his religion. This man made a statement which he can according to the Constitution of the United States but the problem that has created the current controversy is that Trump allowed the speaker to do just that, speak his mind. And so, you know, I’m willing to take him at his word for that. “I mean, you have a problem throughout the world”.
Trump argued that correcting his supporter would have been the “politically correct” thing to do. Meanwhile, fellow candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has seen her numbers jump to 15 percent, launching her into second place after a strong performance in the second televised debate last week.