White House slams anti-Muslim statements of candidate Carson

The White House rebukes Republican candidate Ben Carson's anti-Muslim comments

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest listens to a reporter's question during a daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015.

The White House rebuked Republican presidential candidate neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson’s anti-Muslim statements, on Monday.

Ben Carson said on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program he does not believe a Muslim should become president and added that Islam is antithetical to the US Constitution. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."

In response, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “This is not something that’s consistent with the values of the vast majority of Americans, and ironically enough, I actually do think that the views articulated by Dr. Carson are entirely inconsistent with the Constitution that does actually guarantee the freedom of religion in this country,”

Carson being asked whether he believed Islam was compatible with the Constitution, Carson said: "No, I don't -- I do not."

On a press release of White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Carson’s statements are irrelevant to American Constitution saying “entirely inconsistent with the Constitution" and the First Amendment.

Earnest also said that Republicans would pay the price at the ballot box if they maintain “to countenance offensive views all in pursuit of political support.”

“Ultimately, there will be consequences, and those views will be taken into account by voters, not only in the primary, but also the general election,” Earnest told reporters.

Earnest stressed that other GOP (Grand Old Party) candidates stay silent of Carson’s “offensive” statements just because of they are chasing the same votes.

“What’s particularly disappointing to many observers, including me, is that we haven’t seen a significant outcry from all of the other candidates in the Republican race, and it’s for the same reason, because they’re chasing for the same votes,” Earnest added.

Republican candidate for Presidential elections businessman Donald J. Trump before said that Mr Obama was a Muslim and "not even an American."

Earnest stressed that Trump is not the first person that defend these kind of views but other Republicans are pursuing the same strategy.

“Now what is also unfortunate is that Mr. Trump isn't the first Republican politician to countenance these kinds of views in order to win votes. In fact, that is precisely what every Republican presidential candidate is doing when they decline to denounce Mr. Trump's cynical strategy, because they are looking for those same votes.”

One of the Presidential candidates from Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted the Constitution's Article VI  from his personal Twitter account against Dr. Carson’s statements according to Islam and Muslims.

Another Presidential candidate from Democrats Sen. Bernie Sanders rebuked Dr. Carson anti-Muslim speech saying "You know, this is the year 2015," adding "You judge candidates for president not on their religion, not on the color of their skin, but on their ideas, on what they stand for.”

One of the Dr. Carson’s rivals for Republican candidacy, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas said “You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina also reacted of Carson’s claims saying that the neurosurgeon doctor "is not ready to be Commander-In-Chief. America is an idea, not owned by a particular religion," the Huffington Post reports.

America’s largest Muslim civil rights group and advocacy organisation, the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose mission is to enhance understanding of Islam and empower American Muslims, called on the Carson to withdraw from the race.

"Mr. Ben Carson is wrong today to assume and say that American Muslims should not be president of the US," Nihad Awad, national executive director of the CAIR, said at a news conference, ABC reported.

"To me this really means he is not qualified to be president of the United States," said the group's spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper. "You cannot hold these kinds of views and at the same time say you will represent all Americans, of all faiths and backgrounds."

According to Pew Research Center, Muslims in the US are growing and now holds %0.9 of the American population.


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