Anyone watching GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson’s comments on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” could immediately predict the ensuing outrage from the liberal media over his comments that he would not support a Muslim as President of the United States.
Never mind that none other than our dear president can freely make critical comments about “less-than-loving Christians” — and call out the “terrible deeds” during the Crusades and Inquisition and, more recently, involving slavery and Jim Crow, “justified in the name of Christ.”
Meanwhile, when one of the leading GOP candidates for president cited Islam’s incompatibility with our nation’s Constitution — our nation’s rule of law — the media pounced.
But perhaps contrary to the intent of many of those pouncing, candidate Carson’s campaign appears not to be suffering any fallout from the controversy. Quite the contrary: in the wake of Carson’s “politically incorrect” comments, fundraising money is now pouring in.
As The Washington Times reports:
Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday the fundraising dollars have been flowing in, as a super PAC supporting his candidacy reported a surge in donations since his remarks Sunday about whether he would support a Muslim for president.“I mean, the money’s been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with,” Mr. Carson said on “Fox and Friends.” “I remember the day of the last debate, within 24 hours we had raised a million dollars, and it’s coming in at least at that rate, if not quite a bit faster.”
The show also played clips of people criticizing Mr. Carson for his remarks.“My reaction to anyone is that I never said that a person could not run for office. I just said I wouldn’t support them,” he said. “Do I not have a right to support what I want to support?”
Amen to that! Whether or not Carson’s your man for the White House in 2016, any liberty-loving American who believes in each individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, can’t argue with his reasoning there. Yes, indeed, every American should have the right to support what he or she wants to support. Though it seems that many on the left only support that concept IF you agree with their view of what’s “right.”
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, had said he would not advocate that a Muslim serve as president, but he has also said he would be willing to support anyone as long as they put America and the U.S. Constitution ahead of their religious beliefs.
“I want to support what made this nation great and what made us unique,” he said. “I want to support the things that gave me an opportunity to come from nowhere to rise to a very high position in our society. I want that for the people who are coming after us,” he said. “You know, I have been a pediatric neurosurgeon. I care about what happens in terms of the quality of life for the next generation. I will continue to fight for that and if it costs me politically, it does.”
I applaud Ben Carson’s courage to speak his truth even if it “costs him politically.” In this case, however, it seems to be doing just the opposite — in fact, his authentic answer to what was likely intended to be a “gotcha” question has only enriched him politically. No doubt the liberal media will cast this momentum as “racism” or “Islamophobia” — to fit their narrative of backwards, narrow-minded Republicans. However, hard to imagine how one can logically argue against Carson’s point that any President of the United States MUST not only support, but also protect, our Constitution — our rule of law. Indeed, this is central to the oath any President of the United States must take on inauguration day.
And there’s another quite possible driver behind the surge in Carson’s support following his controversial Muslim comments. Once again, here is a candidate willing to go against the “political correct” narrative and speak his mind. As we are seeing again and again in this election cycle, Americans are weary of the PC police and candidates who play it “safe” — which can be interpreted as supporting the broken establishment (looking at you, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner). So, sorry liberal progressives, your PC playbook is wearing thin.