Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, suggested in an interview this week that he would be cautious in having a Muslim nominated to the Supreme Court. 
"If I were the one nominating such a person, I would spend a good deal of time looking at their background and seeing if it is consistent with the kinds of standards we expect from such a position," Carson said Thursday during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. 
"I would take that into account much more than what they had to say," said Carson, who is currently in second place in the GOP field in polling behind Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE, adding that in recent cases he believed the country had listened to what nominees "say and not what they have done."
"I wouldn't have a problem with that," he said when asked whether he himself would appoint a Muslim to the Supreme Court. "It's not being a Muslim. It's a matter of whether one is willing to accept the principles and values of America and our Constitution."
"If they want to put their lifestyle — which, Islam, which incorporates Sharia, is a lifestyle — if they clearly have rejected that, will do that publicly and their life has manifested that, then there's no inconsistency whatsoever," Carson said. 
Carson faced a hailstorm of criticism last month after saying that a Muslim should be not president. He later softened his remarks, saying he would support a Muslim who rejected the tenets of Sharia law.