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Carson on people calling Trump racist: 'They could not be more wrong'

Carson on people calling Trump racist: 'They could not be more wrong'
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonTrump's '1776 Report' released on MLK Day receives heavy backlash Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' MORE sough to dispel criticism that President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE is racist Thursday night at the Republican National Convention — an issue brought up by multiple speakers during the four-day event.

"President Trump does not dabble in identity politics. He wants everyone to succeed and believes in the adage, 'a rising tide lifts all boats,'" Carson said. "Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong."

Carson cited an award that Trump had received years ago from civil rights activist Jesse Jackson for "economic opportunities he created for Black people." The famed neurosurgeon also pointed to the president's increased funding for historically Black colleges and universities and his work on prison reform. 

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He then pivoted, reaffirming Trump's stance against abortion.

"What is racist is the fact that African Americans have the highest abortion rate," Carson asserted. "President Trump is the most pro-life President in our country's history. He will continue to fight for those who cannot yet speak."

Republicans have attempted to rehabilitate Trump's record with race all week, while also trying to showcase the party's diversity, having lawmakers of color such as Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senator questions constitutionality of an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office Biden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-S.C.) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyCan we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat Nikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid MORE (R) speak.

The president also conducted a pardon of convicted-felon-turned-activist Jon Ponder and a naturalization ceremony for a handful of U.S. immigrants earlier in the convention.

Trump trails Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE overall in the polls, and he lags significantly behind when it comes to Black and Latino voters.