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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 CarsonGovernment indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools Watchdog blames Puerto Rico hurricane relief delays on Trump-era bureaucracy MORE sough to dispel criticism that President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez 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 ScottPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines Republicans can win back control in 2022 — if they don't 'cancel' themselves first MORE (R-S.C.) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyTrump critics push new direction for GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates 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 BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE overall in the polls, and he lags significantly behind when it comes to Black and Latino voters.