Carson calls shooting a 'hate crime'
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonEPA chief quarantining after exposure to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19 Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Ben Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after being 'extremely sick' with COVID-19 MORE on Wednesday described the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., as a “hate crime.”

“Look at what happened, another hate crime in San Bernardino and these 14 people killed less than a week after the shooting in Colorado,” Carson said at a brief press conference in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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“Look at all the things going on around the world — ISIS and groups like this. Hatred and evil," he said. "We need to be able to combat these things or we’ll melt into despair, and that’s not who we are. This is America.”

Carson was pressed by a reporter as to why he believed the shooting was a “hate crime” Carson calls shooting a 'hate crime' a technical term used by law enforcement officials to describe an incident believed to be motivated by bias.

“It’s hard to imagine you’d shoot a bunch of people if you didn’t hate them,” Carson responded. “You don’t do that to people you love.”

At least 14 people died in Wednesday’s mass shooting, and as many as three gunmen are still believed to be on the loose. Authorities are describing the incident as an act of domestic terrorism, although details remain scarce.