Carson: Political correctness is used as a form of ‘intimidation’
Republican presidential candidate Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump launches effort to boost support among black voters Zoning is not the answer to all our housing problems Freer housing is 'fairer housing' — HUD should tie funding to looser zoning MORE says political correctness is the greatest moral threat currently facing the nation, calling it 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.
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 senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues 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.
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Trump: 'Everybody knows who the whistleblower is' Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-Ky.) linked political correctness to the abortion debate, saying the anti-abortion-rights movement can’t be “afraid of political correctness.”
“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.