In the 24 hours since Ben Carson said he does not believe a Muslim-American should be president of the United States on Meet the Press, there has been plenty of hand-wringing and equivocating from both his campaign and the rest of the GOP presidential field in response.
But perhaps the most succinct and direct reaction came from Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Twitter Monday morning:
Can a Muslim be President of the United States of America? In a word: Yes. Now let's move on. -H pic.twitter.com/AB99hiUPie
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 21, 2015
Rather than defend Carson’s right to “freedom of speech” or an unpopular opinion, Clinton turned directly to the U.S. Constitution, which states very clearly that religion should not be a barrier to public office.
It was a point that even religious conservative candidates like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee echoed in their respective responses to the question today.
“There’s no religious test for a person to hold public office in America,” Huckabee said on Fox Business Network. “I think it would depend on the individual. I don’t think we ought to just disqualify from somebody because of his or her faith.”
Cruz added, “You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist.”
So far, the only people truly defending Carson’s comments are his own campaign staff and the hosts of Fox & Friends.
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