On Sunday, Carson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he doesn’t believe a Muslim should be President. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota is a practicing Muslim who swore his oath of office with his hand on the Koran. How much that surge in donations accounted for wasn’t immediately clear, though the chairman of the PAC said that his phone had “exploded” with supporters who agreed with Carson’s message. Yet even John Kennedy considered people’s concerns seriously enough to address them, and assured people he would not preside as president according to his Catholic beliefs.
About two-thirds of Democrats in both groups say opposing a candidate based on the person’s religion isn’t fair. “If they were not willing to subject their religious belief to the Constitution I would not advocate for them”.
Now the whole world is on Ben Carson. But right now, there is a strong element in the Republican Party which they are appealing to – this anti-immigrant, this anti-everybody faction – and that’s who they’re appealing to.
What he did say, and with which I totally agree, is that it is not advisable that Americans elect someone, particularly for our highest office, who does not share our values.
The first issue I want to deal with tonight is the stories today about my comments yesterday when I was asked if I would support a hypothetical Muslim candidate for President.
Possibly motivated by the influx of money, the Carson campaign sent out another email on Wednesday in which the GOP contender pledged “I will not back down”.
Please note a couple of really important things about what our Constitution actually says. “I have no reason to doubt what he says”. This has fuelled resentment among Muslims in the country and as many as 2.8 million Muslims believe that tensions could escalate to new heights during a presidential race, which is already tapping a vein of anger and religious bigotry.
Trump said later that he was not “morally obligated to defend the president” against every negative or controversial comment. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation”. We know that Thomas Jefferson, an avid reader, found time to see for himself. “I don’t know if we have to address it right now, but I think it is certainly something that could happen”, Trump said when asked whether he would be comfortable with having a Muslim president.