Carson hits payday with anti-Muslim views

What happened after presidential candidate Ben Carson said on NBC last week that a Muslim should not be president carried an important lesson on the state of politics and the nation: There’s good money in anti-Muslim comments.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” Carson said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.”

While there’s been pushback from people not likely to vote for him, it’s been a goldmine in the currency of American politics: money.

“The money has been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with it,” he said this morning on Fox News. “I remember the day of the last debate, within 24 hours we raised $1 million. And it’s coming in at least at that rate if not quite a bit faster.”

There’s no way to tell for sure whether Carson is telling the truth. Campaign reports aren’t due to the Federal Elections Commission until the end of the month.

Carson’s assertion, however, matches the narrative told by the person who runs a PAC supporting him, the Washington Times says.

“We sent out an email to Carson supporters, and we’ve never had an email raise so much money so quickly — it’s unbelievable,” said John Philip Sousa IV, who chairs the 2016 Committee super PAC.

“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,” he said, adding, “The people are on Dr. Carson’s side on this one — sorry NBC you lose.”

  • John O.

    //…said John Philip Sousa IV, who chairs the 2016 Committee super PAC.
    Obviously, he’s a person who marches to his own drumbeat.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    How unlike MPR to run a story like this! Especially Bob Collins. I’m impressed.

  • MrE85

    There’s money, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable calling it “good.”
    Just keep talking, Doc. Just keep talking.

  • Paul

    Theocratists of any creed should be kept as far from the oval office as legally possible.

    The presidency did however survive a potential papist, so it’s got a chance to withstand a caliphatist.

    Carson did do the seemingly impossible and trumped Trump on a (manufactured crisis) controversial subject.

  • chris

    That GOP/Fox News certainly is reaping what it sowed.

  • Lobd

    Goodness. Not all Muslims believe in sharia law! Witness millions flering Syria.

  • boB from WA
  • Tyler

    I get that people are tired of being politically correct. PC speech is making it difficult to talk accurately about anything.

    However, Trump and Carson are legitimizing bigotry and hate. Unbelievable. These idiots and scumbags are running for “leader of the free world.” It’s time they showed some leadership.

    • MrE85

      If either one gets anywhere close to winning the nomination, that might give these tactics “legitimacy.” However, I don’t think that will happen. If they fail, and fail big, it will send a message that this is not cool.

      • Tyler

        I want to hope that you are right. More and more I doubt people in the country are smart enough to know when they are wrong.

      • Paul

        I like political party chaos as much as the next person but a [Trump|Carson] vs Clinton ticket would have me looking seriously at the write in line.

        Unfortunately, I think the campaigning door Trump opened was labeled Pandora and won’t likely be closed again.

      • BJ

        Rise of the Tea party a few years ago, is still going strong.

        • MrE85

          Other than further polarizing and fracturing the GOP, the Tea Party has accomplished nothing. Just like the Occupy movement, IMHO.

          • BJ

            >accomplished nothing

            No, not nothing, it has brought us Trump and Carson.

      • Jack

        Don’t forget we got Ventura as a governor. I wouldn’t rule anything out.

        I sure hope that doesn’t happen with Trump or Carson or anyone else with such devisive views.

  • Gary F

    Sharia law does not allow many of the individual and economic freedoms our country was founded on. Just how could a devote Muslim uphold the Constitution of the United States? I’m glad he wasn’t afraid of committing a Though Crime. Good for him.

    • Joe

      Nor does Mosaic Law, or the New Covenant, or Canon Law or Apostolic Law. So would we say that Jews, Catholics and other Christians could not be president? Or do people sometimes set aside religious law when dealing in the public space? I guess we’ll never know since we’ve never had a religious president. But maybe someday we’ll find out.

      • Mark

        We’ve never had a religious president? In recent decades, we’ve had Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, both “religious,” and starkly different from each other.

    • MrE85

      I’m bemused at people who claim to fear Sharia Law in American, then dictate to others who can marry or have an abortion, based on their personal religious beliefs.

      “Just how could a devote Muslim uphold the Constitution of the United States?”

      Ask Rep. Ellison or Rep. Andre Carson, or the 3,000+ Muslims serving in the U.S. military. They can explain it to you.

  • Ben Chorn

    The only group Americans have said they trust less than Muslims for political office? Atheists.

    I think there’s a large problem with how the majority of Americans think regarding religion and morality. Many surveys have found people would rather vote in a former child molester than an atheist for President.

    • Matt

      I am waiting for the day we have an openly atheist president. Don’t think I’ll see it in my lifetime (I’m 30).

  • Laurence T Gayao

    I wonder how many nay sayers about Cason’s statement have read the Koran, studied sharia law and lived in a muslim country. Don’t get me wrong. I know I lot of fine Muslims lived and work with them and many are the finest people I know off. They live by the five pillars of Islam but not the sharia law. You know what sharia law is?
    Sharia law Arabic: شريعة) is the body of Islamic law. The term means “way” or “path”; it is the legal framework within which the public and some private aspects of life are regulated for those living in a legal system based on Islam.
    To be fair, please study specifics of the sharia law before you crucify Ben Carson because many Muslims who live in democratic countries agree with him. If you still don’t believe him move you residence to some countries who have the sharia law implemented by their goverments and see for yourself what it is all about and you will appreciate better our constitution.

  • Abdi A.

    As a Muslim, the Quran clearly shows all on the correct path( Shariah Law) to follow.
    Islamic law, the Law of Shariah is not consistent witht the USA
    Constitution. It violates the 1st, 2nd, 5,6,7 ad 14 th Amendments.
    you should rewrite your story since Dr Carson is correct. A true Muslim
    can not become a president that would honor the Oath of Office unless they denounce many tenents of Shariah
    law, but to do so would make that person an Infidel. Islam seeks for a one world order where freedoms are not a God given right.

    • Of course, I’m reminded of this, as I suspect many are. Have Christian politicians been asked to renounce their Bible lately in order to run for office?