Even though Doctor Ben Carson doesn’t have any chance of winning the GOP nomination, he will continue his campaign, as reported earlier, and, in the same time, make some very surprising declarations.
According to CNN Politics, the former neurosurgeon suggested that if elected president, he can be considered the first African-American to hold this function, as President Barack Obama was “raised white”, outside of the United States.
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“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,” Ben Carson said in a podcast for Politico.
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, to a Kenyan father and a white American mother. On the other side, Ben Carson was born in Detroit, Chicago, 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,” the republican said. “Not even close.”
The critics started coming shortly after
Of course, he was highly criticized after making such statement, but he quickly defended himself, in a CNN Newsroom intervention, saying that what he wanted to do is to draw a sharp contrast between the President’s middle-class upbringing and his own rough life.
Ben Carson wanted to emphasize the fact that he wasn’t criticizing Barack Obama, but this statement was definitely odd, since during his campaign, the Republican insisted that race is a topic used to distract and divide U.S. citizens from more important issues.