“The money’s been coming in so fast it’s hard to keep up with it.”
The mainstream media is obsessing over Ben Carson’s recent remarks about a Muslim becoming president, but the issue hasn’t hurt his fundraising. Quite the opposite, actually.
Denver Nicks reported at Time:
Ben Carson Sees Campaign Cash Spike After Muslim Comments
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday that he’s seen a deluge of donations to his campaign in the days since his controversial anti-Muslim remarks.
“The money has been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with it,” Carson said on Fox News. “I remember the day of the last debate, within 24 hours we raised $1 million. And it’s coming in at least at that rate if not quite a bit faster.”
During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Carson was asked if he believes “that Islam is consistent with the Constitution.”
“No, I do not,” Carson said then. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
Facing a backlash, he seemed to walk back the comments somewhat on Tuesday, saying he would support a Muslim president if “they embrace our Constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs.”
Here’s a video report from CNN where Carson talks about the windfall:
Naturally, some on the left are outrageously outraged over Carson’s comments.
Charles Blow of the New York Times:
The Soft Bigotry of Ben Carson
The Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
At first, he stood by that outrageously prejudiced remark, but after coming under fire from not only Muslim groups but also many conservatives, he soon tried to walk it back, to cushion and to caveat it.
On Monday night, he posted a message on Facebook that included this line: “I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenant of Islam: Sharia Law.”
Then on Tuesday, at a news conference, Carson said, “It has nothing to do with being a Muslim.” He continued: “That was the question that was specifically asked. If the question had been asked about a Christian and they said, ‘Would you support a Christian who supports establishing a theocracy?’ I would have said no.”
Only his original comment was unambiguous: It had everything to do with being a Muslim. And it was bigoted.
Carson shouldn’t take it personally. Blow has never met a Republican he didn’t hate for something.
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