Carson: Political correctness is used as a form of ‘intimidation’
“It’s used as a control mechanism, and it’s used for intimidation,” Carson said Friday night at the Presidential Family Forum in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register
“It’s actually very antithetical to the very principles of the foundation of this country,” he added.
“I think it’s our willingness to adopt political correctness, and that causes us to throw away the values and principles that have made us into a great country.”
Several other candidates joined Carson in criticizing political correctness, during an event that was occasionally interrupted by protests, first on immigration and later on animal rights.
“The best answer to political correctness is speaking the truth,” Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE (R-Texas) said. “Why do these protesters want to stand up and scream? Stand up and disrupt? Because they can’t handle the truth.”
Cruz blamed universities, where various protests over racial justice have recently erupted around the country, for inundating their students with the idea that they have been severely oppressed.
“We’re seeing universities all around this country with leftist, coddled kids, usually with trust funds, protesting against the horrible oppression … because ‘I heard a word that scared me,’ ” he said.
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McConnell pushes back on Trump: 'There will be an orderly transition' Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments MORE (R-Fla.) said President Obama is willing to tell Americans not to smoke or overeat, but won’t encourage stable marriages and families because of political correctness.
“There’s nothing wrong with a president saying don’t get divorced because it’s bad for children, bad for the family,” Rubio said.
“We’re going to make them defend that seven-pound babies have no rights the minute before they’re born,” Paul said.
Former businesswoman Carly Fiorina said political correctness is used to “control” debate and discourage people from discovering the truth.
“It’s not just that people don’t want to have a conversation about why they differ, it is that there is control over what is perceived to be true or not,” Fiorina said.
She added that it’s the role of the president “to explain to people what is actually happening.”
The forum, moderated by pollster Frank Luntz, was also attended by former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Donald Trump, who currently holds a narrow lead in Iowa according to a RealClearPolitics polling average, did not attend.