Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson mocked two of America's war allies during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Nov. 11, which was Veterans Day (video below).
Carson acknowledged U.S. veterans in the audience, and then told the conservative Christian college, "Have you ever noticed that there is an American way? There's an American dream. There's no French dream. There's no Canadian dream," notes The Guardian.
Carson and the audience laughed.
Carson later said that America is "the most exceptional nation the world has ever known."
The "exceptional" phrase is often lifted by Republicans from the French political writer Alexis de Tocqueville, who used it in his 1835 book "Democracy in America" when he stated: “[T]he position of the Americans is … quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one,” noted The Christian Science Monitor.
According to the online database iCasualties, 158 Canadian and 86 French soldiers died in Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
Carson never served in the military, although the GOP candidate claimed he was offered a "full scholarship" to West Point; Politico noted earlier in November that the elite military academy does not offer full scholarships.