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Dr. Carson Responds To Accusations Of ‘Tokenism’ By MSNBC’s Touré And Others On Fox: I’m Not An ‘Uncle Tom’

Megyn Kelly invited pediatric neurosurgeon and frequent Fox News guest Dr. Ben Carson on her show Tuesday and offered him a platform to defend himself against recent accusations by those on the left that he is no more than the Republican Party’s latest “token” minority. Without explicitly using his name, Kelly alluded to comments made by MSNBC’s Touré, who said last week that Carson was helping Republicans “assuage their guilt.”

Kelly apologized to Carson as she read off some of the names he has been called in recent weeks, like “token” and “oreo,” before landing on the quote from “a commentator on a rival network” who said Carson was benefiting from “the GOP’s version of affirmative action.”

Carson responded calmly, saying, “if you don’t have anything useful to say, you attack people. If you feel that your house of cards has been discovered and is starting to come unraveled, you become very desperate.” He added, “intelligent people tend to talk about the facts, they don’t sit around and call each other names. That’s what you can find on a third grade playground.”

Addressing the racial aspects of his detractors arguments specifically, Carson said, “they feel if you look a certain way, then you have to stay on the plantation.” He mentioned that he’s been called an “Uncle Tom” and rejected that term, not for it’s racist context, but for its inaccuracy. “Obviously they don’t know what an ‘Uncle Tom’ is,” he said. In the novel, “he was very, very subservient, kind of go along to get along type of person.” Perhaps referring to his outspoken arguments against Obamacare, he said, “obviously, that’s not what I’m doing.”

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