In a related report by the Inquisitr, Bernie Sanders has denounced Ben Carson’s Muslim president comment, claiming that he was “very disappointed” in the GOP candidate.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation”, Carson said in an interview aired Sunday.
“It depends on what that faith is”, Carson said.
During his press conference, Earnest warned Republicans to stay away from offensive rhetoric which he said was not consistent with the majority of Americans’ feelings.
These series of questions ended with NBC News’ Chuck Todd asking if Carson believed “Islam is consistent with the Constitution”.
“No, I do not”.
Before Carson, a Donald Trump supporter at a rally called President Obama a Muslim and said America has a Muslim problem.
“Then, of course, they will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least I would be then quite willing to support them”, Carson said.
Carson now ranks second out of 15 GOP presidential candidates in 2016 with 18.8 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls.
The interview came at the end of another controversial week in Trump’s campaign after he did not correct a man who said that Obama was a Muslim. We’ll see, it could happen. Know this, I meant precisely what I stated.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is also running for the Republican nomination, said on Fox News that “America is an idea not owned by a particular religion, race, or anything else”.
And Haroon Moghul, a leading commentator on Islam, told CNN: “I think Carson’s comments mean he should get out of the race”.
Fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, senator for Texas, steered clear from the debate.
Many critics have pointed to the fact that though Carson is arguing that the Islamic religion is incompatible with the Constitution, that assertion itself is unconstitutional, as the Constitution bars a religious test for elected officials. Carson also commented on whether a candidate’s faith should matter to voters.
Dr. Carson may be only of many prominent Republicans who can’t distinguish between Muslims and Muslim terrorists.
“This is a dumb game that the press is playing”.
Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates said the “religious bigotry” was heard when JFK was hoping to be the first Catholic president.