Wait, What? Ben Carson Donations Rise
A super PAC supporting GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson has seen a surge in donations since the neurosurgeon appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, the Washington Times reports.
Mr. Carson, who appeared on the show this past Sunday, said he would not advocate for a Muslim to be president of the United States.
The comments apparently were just what some conservatives wanted to hear.
“We sent out an email to Carson supporters, and we’ve never had an email raise so much money so quickly — it’s unbelievable,” said John Philip Sousa IV, who chairs the 2016 Committee super PAC. “My phone has exploded over the last 48 hours — of people wanting me to pass on to Dr. Carson how much they respect his truthfulness and believe in the American system, and how absolutely not should anyone who believes in Sharia law come close to the White House. The people are on Dr. Carson’s side on this one — sorry NBC you lose.”
Doubling down on his anti-Muslim sentiments on Monday, Carson said the only exception he’d make would be if the Muslim running for office “publicly rejected all the tenets of Sharia and lived a life consistent with that.”
Sharia is a law derived from the Koran and traditional Muslim teachings.
“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Mr. Carson said in an interview with The Hill. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”
Wow. So much for the “land of the free…” philosophy huh Mr. Carson?