Over the past three days presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has been called a bigot and even faced demands that he drop out of the presidential race for stating he doesn’t support a Muslim for president.
But Carson says the media has been twisting his words to create an unnecessary firestorm. And in an interview Monday night he explained his position.
Speaking with Fox News, Carson stood by his original comments, but explained how it was misconstrued by the liberal media. Carson was saying the country cannot elect people “whose faith might interfere with carrying out the duties of the Constitution.”
Carson went on to explain his position Monday in the pre-taped interview with Sean Hannity, saying that he doesn’t believe radicals from any religion should be president.
Carson said members of the Islamic faith who are willing to accept the American way of life “will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least then I will be quite willing to support them.”
Carson’s campaign reported strong fundraising and 100,000 new Facebook likes since he first weighed in on the prospect of a Muslim president on Sunday, suggesting that there is little fallout among GOP voters.
His campaign manager Barry Bennett told The Associated Press on Monday: “While the left wing is huffing and puffing over it, Republican primary voters are with us at least 80-20.”
“Carson is not going to lose any votes in a GOP primary with those comments,” added GOP strategist John Feehery. “He could probably gain a few.”
Nineteen states introduced legislation in 2015 to restrict the use of foreign law in state courts, Republican-backed steps largely designed to block the influence of Shariah — the legal framework that regulates many aspects of life based on the Quran and Islamic tradition in some Muslim countries. Nine states have already implemented such laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The Associated Press contributed to this article