Carson: ‘Political correctness will destroy us if we don’t wake up’
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonPress: Drain the swamp – of Scott Pruitt An ode to fathers Ben Carson walks back plan to triple rent for poor MORE said in an interview Sunday that fellow 2016 GOP presidential candidates should watch their comments on the campaign trail, adding, however, that they should not be so concerned “about how offended our enemies are.”


“We should all be careful about what we say, but the fact of the matter is, let’s not get so concerned about how offended our enemies are,” Carson said on ABC’s “This Week. “And let’s pay a whole lot more attention to who we are and how do we protect our people here in the United States.”

Carson’s statement came after the retired pediatric neurosurgeon was asked about the comments of GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. That footage seen in a new recruitment video for al Shabaab, a Somali-based Islamic militant group.

Carson, for his part, has questioned whether a Muslim should be president.

“I question whether a Muslim who wants Sharia law can be a president,” Carson said Sunday. “It’s not consistent with our Constitution. There’s no backing away from that. And the fact of the matter is, political correctness will destroy us if we don’t wake up.”

“We’ve got to be smart. This is not a traditional war where you have a battle group here and a battle group there and they’re fighting each other. And we have to understand how they’re going to be attacking, and we have to anticipate -- we have to know that they’re going to be shifting over to Libya right now, which is a huge problem for us. A lot of oil there, strategic location, you grow across the water, northern, and you’re into Southern Europe. South Sudan, Chad, you know, Niger, you know, a tremendous opportunity for them. We need to be undermining their possibilities of establishing a caliphate there right now. Let’s not wait until they do it.

Carson also was questioned about recent mass executions in Saudi Arabia that included a prominent Shiite cleric.

“The Saudis have been one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and I think it’s unfortunate that we put them in the position that we have by showing the support to Iran that we have with this foolish deal,” he said. “And, you know, there’s no reason for the Saudis to believe that we’re really on their side when we do things like that. And it won’t be surprising if they’re not looking to have a nuclear program soon, and everybody else in the Middle East also.”

Carson said he didn’t condone the executions by “any stretch of the imagination.”

“Of course we don’t condone that kind of thing. But I’m just saying we need to stop doing silly things that promote these kinds of activities; that’s what I’m saying.”