"Fox & Friends" defended Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Sept. 21 over Carson's recent comments that he â€śabsolutely would not agreeâ€ť with a Muslim serving as president of the United States (video below).
Carson was condemned by Islamic groups, Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and the Anti-Defamation League, following his Islamophobic remarks,Â The Times of Israel reports.
Carson's campaign spokesman Doug Watts stated on Sept. 20, â€śHe just doesnâ€™t believe the American people are ready for that," according toÂ RawStory.
"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade said on Sept 21:
"They were debating whether a Muslim should be a president back in the creation of our country. Thereâ€™s a whole book written on it. Back when you had Jefferson and Madison debating other great American founders about should a Jewish person be president? Should a Muslim person be president?"
Kilmeade didn't mention that the issue of denying rights to people due toÂ their religion had been settled in the U.S. long ago, but continued:
"You can have that discussion and not be labeled a racist, or a Zionist, or anything else. This [an]Â open dialogue. Why is everyone calling on everyone to apologize? Itâ€™s an ultimate gotcha moment. You have 16 people in the race and everyoneâ€™s just waiting on eggshells."
â€śBut who is real?â€ť added "Fox & Friends" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. â€śWho is the real person?â€ť
â€śYeah,â€ť Kilmeade responded. â€śCan he just give an honest answer? And now thereâ€™s going to be a fourth clarification. Thatâ€™s how he feels, he would not vote for a Muslim. It doesnâ€™t mean they should not run. It doesnâ€™t mean the rest of America canâ€™t vote for a Muslim."
Salon reports that Carson did give an honest answer, and it was his honest answer that caused an uproar, because it excludes Muslims based on religion only.
Hasselbeck later tweeted that she was "transitioning" to Hillary Clinton when she made her "real person" comment, but she never mentioned Clinton's name in the clip.
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