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Ben Carson blasts 'vicious,' white liberal critics as 'the most racist out there'
Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday blasted his critics for heat he's taken recently over controversial remarks on gay marriage, calling his white liberal detractors "the most racist out there."
"They want to shut us up completely, and that's why the attacks against me have been so vicious," Carson said on the Mark Levin radio show. "I represent an existential threat to them. They need to shut me up, they need to get rid of me, they can't find anything else to delegitimize me, so they take my words, misinterpret them, and try to make it seem that I'm a bigot."
Levin said Carson was being targeted for his race.
"You're attacked also in many respects because of your race," Levin said. "You're not supposed to talk like this, and a lot of white liberals just don't like it, do they?"
"They're the most racist people there are because they put you in a little category, a box," Carson responded. "How could you dare come off the plantation?"
The comments come after the rising GOP star apologized for remarks he made last week linking homosexuality to bestiality.
Carson said that marriage is "a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality - it doesn't matter what they are, they don't get to change the definition."
NAMBLA is the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Carson, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, initially defended the comments as taken "out of context and completely misunderstood," but the furor provoked students at his university to petition to have him removed as this year's commencement speaker. Carson has said he would step aside if that's what the students wanted.
Carson became an overnight sensation on the right after criticizing President Obama, who was seated directly to his right, at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year.