Washington (CNN) -
Ben Carson suggested that if elected president he might be the first African-American to hold the position noting, President Barack Obama was "raised white" and outside of the United States.
"He's an 'African' American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch," the retired neurosurgeon told Politico's Glenn Thrush on his "Off Message" podcast aired Tuesday.
Obama was born in Honolulu to a white American mother and a Kenyan father. Carson was born in Detroit to two black American parents.
"Like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night-and-day different. He didn't grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination," Carson said. "Not even close."
California Rep. Darrell Issa, who has endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president, said Carson's "loose talk" proves that he is not ready for the White House.
"This is the reason that political loose talk by people who are just beginning to do it is always a problem in real statesmanship," he said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day." "The fact is that Dr. Carson is not really ready to represent America around the world."
Carson also said that "very little" criticism of Obama has to do with the President's race.
"You have to recognize that what President Obama represents is an ideology that is antithetical to the ideology of most people in the Republican Party. And I don't think it has anything to do with race," he said. "I mean, Hillary (Clinton) represents that kind of ideology also, and they'll say it's because she's a woman. I mean, any guy who represents that kind of ideology is going to evoke exactly the same types of criticism."
Whatcha got Obama? Carson just called yo ass out!
What surprised me about this is how long it took Carson to make this comment. I bet every other candidate has been itching to use this soundbite but they couldn't, it would make them sound racist because they are white and Cuban. Maybe if the black candidate says it, people will actually think about it and not say he is racist.
Racism isn't racist. Just because its a black person saying shit like about another black person doesn't negate the racism in the comment. I feel like people tend to forget when someone refers to another as black they are indicating the specific persons heritage through their skin color. When you talk about white, black, tan all your talking about is the color of someones skin. If a white person had a black father and grew up in Manhattan is his skin not white? If a catholic or Jew refused to bah mistvah or communion, whatever they do, and never went to temple or church are they not catholic or jewish? Yes because race and religion are two completely separate things.
Religion is a choice and race is not. Pretty simple.
Still we need to see some sort of response. Idk if I'm about to pull a racism here, but I just said I was unclear so that doesn't make it racist.
you tell me
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