Republican presidential contender Ben Carson says if Muslim candidates reject the basic principles of Islam he would support them.
Carson made the comments in an interview with Fox News on Monday, a day after he said Muslims are not suitable to become president, arguing that Islam is inconsistent with the US constitution.
“You know, what we have to do is, we have to recognize that this is America, and we have a Constitution,” Carson told Fox News’s Sean Hannity, a conservative American host, known for his anti-Islamic commentaries.
“We do not put people at the leadership of our country whose faith might interfere with carrying them out the duties of the Constitution,” said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon.
“Now, if someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place our Constitution above their religion, then, of course, they will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least I would then be quite willing to support them,” he added.
White House condemnation
The White House condemned Carson’s remarks against Muslims and Islam.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday Carson’s comments are “entirely inconsistent with the Constitution” and the First Amendment of the US constitution.
Earnest said voters would punish Republican candidates if they continue to “countenance offensive views all in pursuit of political support.”
Frontrunner Republican presidential candidate said on Monday that many people in the United States share Carson’s skepticism toward Muslims.
Trump told Fox News that Islam struggles with extremist ideology.
“You know, Ben was saying there are difficulties,” he said. “And I think everybody knows what those difficulties are. People want to be politically correct, but there have been difficulties. And a lot of people agree with Ben.”
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