Carson: Terrorists ‘Would Be Fools’ Not to Try Infiltrating Refugees
Ben Carson is tapping into his inner racism again. During a discussion on Friday, he suggested that terrorists are infiltrating groups of Syrian refugees in an effort to attack the United States.
“To bring into this country groups infiltrated with jihadists makes no sense,” he told listeners in Des Moines, according to ABC News.
“At some point you have to use common sense and judgment,” Carson said. “If you are part of the global jihadist movement, and you see large numbers of people from your area moving into the United States, wouldn’t you want to infiltrate them?”
“They would be fools not to [try],” the retired neurosurgeon added of extremists. “Why would we do something like that?”
The Hill reports:
Russia began conducting airstrikes in Syria earlier this week by targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Its entrance into Syria’s civil war exacerbates the flood of refugees pouring from the nation amid its years-long conflict.
Carson’s stance on the issue follows a series of controversial positions.
He said on Thursday, for example, he would exercise caution when vetting an Islamic Supreme Court nominee.
“If I were the one nominating such a person, I would spend a good deal of time looking at their background and seeing if it is consistent with kinds of standards we expect from such a position,” he told host Hugh Hewitt on the broadcaster’s radio program Thursday night.
“It’s not being a Muslim,” Carson said. “It’s a matter of whether one is willing to accept the principles and values of America and our Constitution.”
“If they put their lifestyle — which, Islam, which incorporates Sharia, is a lifestyle — if they clearly have rejected that, will do that publicly and have manifested that, then there’s no inconsistency whatsoever,” the former doctor added.
Carson’s remarks follow similar statements he made concerning presidential candidates earlier this month.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 18. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”
Bipartisan condemnation of Carson’s positions on Islam has not hurt his standing across multiple national polls.
He presently ranks second in the race for next year’s GOP presidential nomination with 16.3 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.