Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign coffers are seeing an increase in donations following his statement that a Muslim should never be elected president, Armstrong Williams, the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign adviser, tells Newsmax TV.
"The response is overwhelming," Williams said Wednesday to Dennis Michael Lynch, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show."
Last Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Carson said: "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that. If [a president's faith is] inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter."
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But while Carson is taking the heat from Islamic groups and some fellow Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he is standing by his opinion, according to Armstrong.
"Dr. Carson spoke an inconvenient truth in his interview with Chuck Todd on ‘Meet the Press.’ It saddens him we’ve gotten to a point where we witness this radical Islam, this Sharia law, their disrespect and abuse to women," Armstrong said.
"They’re willing to kill homosexuals for their sexual preference. They’re willing to kill their own … if they commit adultery, you have brothers killing sisters because they feel they disrespect their family."
"What Dr. Carson tapped into, unfortunately, is the fact there are many Americans who would not advocate having a Muslim as president … and it’s unfortunate that because of the fear … Many of us are still reminded of 9/11 that we feel this way and we feel very strongly."
Williams, executive editor of American CurrentSee Magazine, added that Carson, a political novice, is courageous in speaking the truth.
"It’s easy for politicians because they say what is necessary, what the voters want to hear. Dr. Carson always says that he’s going to tell the truth and [in] telling the truth sometimes people are hurt and that’s never his intention," Williams said.
"He would never want a Muslim kid who’s in this country, whose parents have the right values, the right belief system, that reject Sharia law … to believe they could not aspire somebody to become president of the United States."
In a new poll of registered Republicans, commissioned by Hot Air and Townhall Media Group, Donald Trump still leads the GOP presidential pack with 23 percent, followed by Carson with 15 percent and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 10 percent.
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