The White House's call for Dr. Ben Carson to apologize for offending President Barack Obama was demeaning and denigrating to the world-famous cardiologist, says former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida.
"Ben Carson is a conservative, so that is a reason why he has to be denigrated, demeaned and discredited," West told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"[Obama] is probably the most thin-skinned person to ever occupy the White House . . . [with] his arrogance that we all know about and his obtuse manner in dealing with people that oppose his views," he said Wednesday.
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Carson, thought to be mulling a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, says in an upcoming book that the incident occurred after his criticism of the country's direction at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, which Obama attended.
"Within a matter of minutes after the conclusion . . . I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him," Carson says in "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future,"
published by Penguin and scheduled for release May 20.
"I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn't think that such a call was warranted."
West says Carson — whom he described as "an acclaimed black professional in the medical field, an astounding neurosurgeon" — was perfectly justified in his opposition to the "philosophy and ideology" of Obama.
"Understanding that fear, intimidation, coercion is the means by which liberal progressives operate . . . I really believe that it's probably quite valid that he was called and asked to apology to the president, and hopefully he laughed when that call came," West said.
West also says Democrats endlessly play the race card in accusing Republicans of prejudice — an example being Attorney General Eric Holder's recent complaints about his and the president's being disrespected.
"It’s a laughable hypocrisy when you think about what do they say when black conservatives are attacked by whites or even blacks?" West said. "They say absolutely nothing, so this is their fallback position whenever they don't have anywhere else to go.
"To have an attorney general . . . cry like a little baby that, you know, they don't like me because I'm black, that's despicable and disgusting and really, it's a slap in the face to every single black person in the United States of America who has achieved any great accomplishments."
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