Most political interviews feature daring and tough individuals who aren’t afraid to ask politicians those important questions, like, “what is your favorite color?”
So when one comes up that’s the opposite, it stands above the rest. And that’s exactly what made Jake Tapper’s grilling of Dr. Ben Carson for his Muslim comments so remarkable. It’s also remarkable because Carson bungled it so poorly his campaign manager had to step in to save him.
“This interview is over”
Carson has been making rounds in the headlines recently, and is currently moving up in the polls to tie the Teflon Don. Between his belief that evolution was inspired by Satan to his attacks on Muslims, his outreach program to the xenophobic religious right is making headway.
And it’s those attacks on Muslims that earned Carson the heat he experienced on Sunday while sitting down with State of the Union host Jake Tapper.
Last week, Carson announced that he, “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”
On Sunday, Tapper asked Carson about his comments. Carson responded by saying:
I would have problems with somebody who embraced all the doctrines associated with Islam. If they are not willing to reject Sharia and all the portions of it that are talked about in the Quran — if they are not willing to reject that, and subject that to American values and the Constitution, then of course, I would.
There are Christians who aren’t willing to reject the Bible and subject it to the Constitution. That Carson refuses to condemn them would be telling if he weren’t one of them to begin with.
Tapper and Carson had a sharp exchange of words, however, since Tapper wasn’t going to let Carson off the hook.
“You’re assuming that Muslim Americans put their religion ahead of the country,” Tapper said to Carson.
I’m assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam that you would have a very difficult time abiding under the Constitution of the United State.
Again, there are Christians like this. They call themselves Sovereign Citizens.
The conversation came to an end, however, when a voice off camera — identified by CNN as Carson’s campaign manager, Armstrong Williams — announced rather sharply, “This interview is over.”
Armstrong Williams is a little known figure who was paid $241,000 by the Bush Administration to help push No Child Left Behind. He supported one disaster, why is it anyone’s surprise Williams would support a second?
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