Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley criticized Republican presidential candidate former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson for saying he believes a Muslim would not be qualified to be president.
O’Malley said, “Yeah. there’s a lot of very strange kind of bigoted and oftentimes racist rhetoric coming off of the presidential candidate podiums of the Republican party. That’s why it’s so important that the Democratic party start having its own presidential debates. I believe that we are all in this together. I believe the vast majority of Americans don’t disqualify a candidate for president based upon his or her religious affiliation. I think that’s sad, bigoted language that’s a vestige of our past. It’s not where our country’s going. If you talk to young people under 30 you will rarely find people that subscribe to the so of bigoted attitudes towards people based on faith or who want to — you rarely find young Americans that want to deny rights to gay couples or their families or who want to bash immigrants. That’s not where our country is headed. We are a much more compassionate people than that.”
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