Dr. Ben Carson has doubled down on his controversial quip that implies Hillary Clinton has sympathy for the devil.
During the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Carson asked the crowd if they could elect Clinton knowing of her college friendship with radical leftist Saul Alinsky who wrote a book which calls "Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom."
"So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model someone who acknowledges Lucifer?" Carson asked the cheering crowd. "The secular progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation."
His remark was later blasted by some Democrats as a low blow. But Carson, appearing on CNN's "New Day
" remained adamant about his comparison in an interview with Chris Cuomo.
"Recognize that this is a very famous book, 'Rules for Radicals,' and on the dedication page, [Alinsky] acknowledged Lucifer in an admirable way, saying he's the original radical who gained his own kingdom," Carson said.
"And then if you read the book . . . it's very interesting how it uses control of anarchy in order to change us from a Democratic republic to a socialist society.
"And I don't think that those things are consistent with the principles and the basis of this nation."
According to Carson, Clinton, as a college student, "believed [Alinsky's principles] at that time. And now you look at her actions. You look at what she advocates . . . those are pretty consistent, quite frankly.
"We all have people who are our mentors. We all have people that we admired as a college student. At Wellesley, she was on a first name basis with Saul Alinsky. He offered her a job after she finished, but she decided to go to law school. They were very close."
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