Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday said reexamining Muslim immigration into the U.S. does not equal discrimination against Islam.

“It doesn’t mean we despise or hate people who are Muslim,” he said on Fox Business Network’s “Risk & Reward.”


“It simply means that if there are a group of people coming in from a place you know are going to be infiltrated by a group of people who want to destroy us, you need to reevaluate the mechanism you use for screening those people. I don’t think that’s very complex to understand.”

Carson said political correctness is undermining national security by making Americans wary of backlash for confronting radical Islam.

“Forget about the political correctness,” he said. "Would you rather be called a name or would you rather be dead?

“They are at war with us,” Carson added of jihadists. "Why are we afraid to admit that? I think a lot of the American people know that. They know they’re in jeopardy and their children are in jeopardy.

“If you’re having a party at your house and you’re inviting 100 people and you know one of them is a terrorist, are you still going to say, ‘Let’s have the party, it’s only one person?' I don’t think so. We need to think about that on a national level.”

Carson additionally praised Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE for speaking bluntly about the violence from Islamic extremists.

“Really, he’s just speaking common sense,” said Carson, who has endorsed the GOP’s de facto presidential nominee.

“They’re coming,” the former Republican White House hopeful added. "We know they’re coming. We know what their goals are, so we need to stop being so P.C.”

Trump on Monday blamed political correctness and lax immigration laws for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history the day before.

“We are importing radical Islamic terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system,” he said at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 more were wounded when a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Authorities later identified Omar Mateen, 29, as the shooter following his death in a battle with police. Mateen allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during the bloodshed.