Sanders Scolds Carson for Muslim Remark
Bernie Sanders is angry at Ben Carson for his racist remarks about Muslims and their incompatibility with the United States Constitution.
“I am very disappointed that Dr. Carson would suggest that a Muslim should not become president of the United States,” Sanders said in a statement released late Sunday. “It took us too long to overcome the prejudice against electing a Catholic or an African-American president. People should be elected to office based on their ideas, not their religion or the color of their skin.”
His comment was in regards to Carson’s attack on Muslims, where he claimed that it would be a big mistake to elect a Muslim.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said in an interview televised on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”
The Hill reports:
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim ever elected to Congress, also condemned Carson for his remarks.
“For Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or any other Republican politician to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for office is out of touch with who we are as a people,” Ellison said in a statement on Sunday. “It’s unimaginable that the leading GOP presidential candidates are resorting to fear mongering to benefit their campaigns, and every American should be disturbed that these national figures are engaging in and tolerating blatant acts of religious bigotry.”
Trump has also been criticized for failing to correct a supporter who called President Obama a Muslim at a town hall on Thursday.
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