A political super PAC that supports Ben Carson has received an upsurge of donations following the Republican presidential candidate's declaration that he would not support a Muslim president on "Meet The Press" on Sept. 20.
NBC News' host Chuck Todd asked Carson if he thought that Islam was "consistent with the Constitution."
"No, I don't," Carson stated. "I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."
John Philip Sousa IV, head of the 2016 Committee super PAC, told the Washington Times how that interview spiked donations:
We sent out an email to Carson supporters, and we’ve never had an email raise so much money so quickly — it’s unbelievable. My phone has exploded over the last 48 hours — of people wanting me to pass on to Dr. Carson how much they respect his truthfulness and believe in the American system, and how absolutely not should anyone who believes in Sharia law come close to the White House. The people are on Dr. Carson’s side on this one — sorry NBC you lose.
However, Carson did not say he opposed "anyone who believes in Sharia law," but said he opposed a "Muslim in charge of this nation."
The "American system" doesn't ban Muslims from running for president regardless whether or not they believe in Sharia law.
Carson did shift his position to Muslims, who obey Sharia law, during an interview with The Hill on Sept. 21:
I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country. Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.
Carson added that he would support a Muslim only if he or she “publicly rejected all the tenets of Sharia and lived a life consistent with that."
Carson made no such requirement for Christians or Jews to abandon Old Testament law in order to be considered for the presidency.
On Sept. 22, Carson told CNN that his opposition to a Muslim being president "has nothing to do with being a Muslim."