With his standing in the GOP presidential race fading, Ben Carson vaulted himself back into the headlines with a series of race-oriented comments about President Obama.
In a sitdown with Politico, Carson told the publication: “He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white. I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but … he didn’t grow up like I grew up. … 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 New York Post notes that Carson later returned to the topic on MSNBC, where he said he wasn’t criticizing Obama.
“He did not grow up in black America, he grew up in white America,” Carson is quoted saying on MSNBC. “Doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that when the claim is made that he represents the black experience, it’s just not true.”
The Post notes: “Carson, the only black candidate running for president, has campaigned on his background of rising from the streets of Detroit as the son of a single mother to graduating from Yale and becoming director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital before his retirement in July 2013.”
Carson finished sixth in a field of six GOP candidates in Saturday’s South Carolina primary.