Politics

Ben Carson Confuses 'Hamas' With 'Hummus' During Speech (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson repeatedly referred to the Palestinian political organization Hamas as "hummus" during a speech on Dec. 3 to the Republican Jewish Coalition (video below).

Carson was trying to describe the conflict between Hamas and Fatah, two groups that have struggled for control of Palestinian leadership, RightWingWatch.com reports.

While Hamas is an Islamist militant group that Israel, the U.S. and Europe identify as a terrorist organization, Fatah is a secular movement that has renounced violence, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both groups are dedicated to Palestinian nationalism, but while Fatah has recognized Israel, Hamas refuses to do so.

"Hummus," on the other hand, is an Arabic word for a food spread or dip.

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Carson's rival Donald Trump also may have stepped on some toes while speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition that same day. He used several Jewish stereotypes during his speech to the group, The Times Of Israel notes.

“I’m a negotiator like you folks were negotiators,” Trump reportedly told the audience.

Later in his speech, Trump added: “Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken."

Trump dug his hole deeper as he continued.

“You’re not gonna support me even though you know I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel," he said. "And I’ll be that. And I know why you’re not going to support me. You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. Isn’t it crazy?”

Sources: RightWingWatch.org, Wall Street JournalThe Times Of Israel / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia