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Frank Rich: Carson Benefiting From ‘Racist, Bigoted’ Part of GOP Base

New York Magazine Writer-at-Large Frank Rich argued Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is benefiting from the “racist, bigoted part of the Republican base” on Wednesday’s “CNN Tonight.”

Rich was asked about Carson’s increase in fundraising after his comments about a Muslim president. He stated, “there is a racist, bigoted part of the Republican base. His own campaign manager said to the New York Post a couple of days ago, the Republican primary electorate is ’80-20′ on our side on these anti-muslim comments.”

When asked about his claim that there’s a racist element in light of the fact that Carson is African-American, Rich said, “He is a black man, and there’s been Republican support for other black candidates, Herman Cain last time. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean it applies to everybody, but I think Muslims are the new sort of target of this kind of racism.”

(h/t Real Clear Politics)

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