Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement on a Muslim presidency has put him in the crosshairs of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, while admiration among conservatives has surged.
“If I didn’t support Ben Carson before, I sure do now,” one social media user wrote.
The controversy was caused by a comment Carson made to NBC News “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd in an interview that aired Sunday.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he told Todd. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”
After the interview aired, CAIR, an organization that has been associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a statement that figuratively called for Carson’s head on a platter. The statement said:
On Monday, September 21, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters to call on Republican candidate Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race for saying today that Islam is “inconsistent” with the Constitution and that a Muslim should not be elected president
“Mr. Carson clearly does not understand or care about the Constitution, which clearly states that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office,'” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We call on our nation’s political leaders – across the political spectrum – to repudiate these unconstitutional and un-American statements and for Mr. Carson to withdraw from the presidential race.”
Conservatives disagreed — and took to social media in droves to lodge their support for the retired pediatric neurosurgeon. Here are a few examples:
CAIR Muslim Who Wants US Under Islamic Law Condemns Ben Carson | Frontpage Mag http://t.co/8fpJ8Zd9vs
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) September 21, 2015
— RedMoose (@thelphi) September 21, 2015
@FACTSoverFEELS @ Cair members are Muslim terrorists! Deport them all! Like Dr Carson said, not compatible with our Constitution.
— Suzy Jansen (@suartcat4) September 21, 2015
And finally, one Twitter user suggested that maybe Carson’s statement will create a surge in his poll numbers.
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