Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson criticized “purveyors of hatred, who take every single incident between people of two races and try to make a race war out of it” and stated “those who want to destroy us are trying divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it” at Thursday’s primetime GOP presidential debate.
Carson was asked, “what if anything you can do — you would do as the next president to help heal” the divides in the US.
Carson said, “Well, I think the bully pulpit is a wonderful place to start healing that divide. You know, we have the purveyors of hatred, who take every single incident between people of two races and try to make a race war out of it, and drive wedges into people, and this does not need to be done. What we need to think about instead, you know, I was asked by an NPR reporter once, why don’t I talk about race that often. I said it’s because I’m a neurosurgeon, and she thought that was a strange response. … I said, ‘You see, when I take someone to the operating room, I’m actually operating on the thing that makes them who they are. The skin doesn’t make them who they are, the hair doesn’t make they will who they are, and it is time for to us move beyond that, because, you know, our strength as a nation comes in our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states, and those who want to destroy us are trying divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it.”
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