Raised $1 million within 24 hours after anti-Muslim comments: Carson

US Republican candidate claims donations poured in after his controversial remarks about Islam and the presidency

Web Desk September 24, 2015
US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina September 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

US Republican candidate Ben Carson said on Wednesday he's pulling in lots of money amid all the backlash he's received for remarks he made regarding Muslims in politics.

“I remember the day of the last debate, within 24 hours we raised $1 million. And it’s coming in at least at that rate if not quite a bit faster,” Carson said, according to CNN.

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“The money has been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with it,” the retired neurosurgeon said, while responding to a question about whether his comments had affected his donations.

Carson who is in third place according to a latest CNN/ORC poll claimed the donations poured in after his controversial remarks about Islam and the presidency during a CNN debate on September 16.

However, the CNN said it will not be able to verify the fundraising totals with the Federal Election Commission until after the quarter ends on September 30.

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The Republican contender ignited a storm of controversy at the weekend, by stating that he saw Islam as incompatible with the charge of head of state.

Carson was heavily flayed for his comments about Islam with one organisation even calling him to resign. The Republican candidate seems to have shifted his position on the issue since saying he would support a Muslim president who swore to put the US Constitution before religion and disavowed Sharia law.

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“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson had said during his appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday in response to NBC’s Chuck Todd’s question, “Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?”

This article originally appeared on CNN.


Babbarsher Khan | 6 years ago | Reply Bigotry sales, in the US and in our land of the pure!
Atheist_Pakisani | 6 years ago | Reply I can believe the muslim hate. Even my relatives living in Europe refuse to assimilate with Western culture. All because of Islamic reasons. I can understand the hate.
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