Amid growing criticism from Democrats and even some Republicans, Republican presidential contender Ben Carson is doubling down on his opinion that a Muslim has no place in the White House.
And his campaign’s business manager isn’t afraid to say so.
“He’s thinking like someone who loves America first, who wants to protect America,” conservative commentator Armstrong Williams told CNN “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota on Monday.
“He understands there are tenets of Islam that hates Jews, will kill homosexuals, will kill Muslims, do not advocate the beliefs and value system that made America into the country it is today. It may have been an inconvenient truth but it is a truth,” he continued with growing passion.
“This is why he’s not a politician, this is why he’s not trying to be politically correct,” Williams said. “This is America, it’s a place of freedom of speech.”
“And freedom of religion?” Camerota asked.
“It is not an issue of religion to Dr. Carson. This is an issue of one’s belief system, how they will govern,” he emphasized. “How you look upon people, how you value people is dictated by what you believe.”
Watch the fireworks, via CNN, then check out the tweets below.
After the segment aired, CNN tweeted:
.@RealBenCarson aide doubles down: No Muslim president http://t.co/QH9wtoM3d9 via @JDiamond1 pic.twitter.com/LAQVrE8p0Y
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 21, 2015
And plenty of social media users rushed to Carson’s defense.
@CNNPolitics @RealBenCarson @JDiamond1 No disavowing of christian genocide by muslims ever spoke on CNN..CAIRS never condemned it CNN either — ron (@r1944gmailcom) September 21, 2015
@CNNPolitics he’s right. The Muslim groups in this country stand by and watch the Muslim terror and say nothing. That must tell you somethin
— Robert W Smith (@rws89815) September 21, 2015
@CNNPolitics @RealBenCarson @JDiamond1 pretty durn proud of Ben ….please don’t apologize for what you believe in. — PhyllisA (@PhyllisA) September 21, 2015
Several brought up this oft-repeated belief.
@CNNPolitics @RealBenCarson @JDiamond1 We have a Muslim POTUS NOW
— Ethan Simmons 111 (@ethansimmons111) September 21, 2015
@CNNPolitics @RealBenCarson @JDiamond1 pic.twitter.com/Ulgo0pFQtA — michelle overby (@michelleoverby2) September 21, 2015
And at least one even looked ahead to the next inauguration.
@CNNPolitics @RealBenCarson @JDiamond1 I think Trump for President and Carson for VP, would be an unstoppable force
— Dawn (@SouthernLivN) September 21, 2015
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