Ben Carson said Monday that “P.C. culture” is at fault for the outrage over his recent comments about Muslims and said he would support a presidential candidate of any religion “if they embrace our Constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs.”
The Republican presidential hopeful said Sunday on “Meet The Press” that he would “not advocate” for a Muslim to be president and that Islam is not compatible with the Constitution.
The comments dominated the campaign this week as both Republicans and Democrats have largely come out against Carson’s thinking.
“If people listened to that interview, they'll notice that I said that anybody, regardless of their religion or affiliation, if they embrace American values and they place the Constitution at the top level, then I’m supportive of them,” Carson told reporters Monday before a campaign stop in Ohio.
Carson said “P.C. culture” is to blame for the prominence the comments had on the campaign in recent days.
“The P.C. culture says whenever you’re asked a question, it has to be answered a certain way,” Carson said. “And if you don’t answer it that way, then, you know, let’s attack. And let’s not try to actually understand what a person’s saying -- let’s just attack, attack, attack. And hopefully everybody else will look at that and they will realize they are never supposed to say something like that again.”