Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson responded to CNN anchor Don Lemon’s claim about white men being a threat to America, on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, and called the statement absurd.
“You know, we have a history of dividing people into different segments and that has caused a lot of problems in the past. And we’ve paid big prices for that. But let’s don’t sweep it under the rug,” Carson said. “Let’s acknowledge it, but let’s learn from it and move in a positive direction, not a negative direction.”
Lemon claimed white men are “the biggest terror threat in this country,” during an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” Monday night, and said America has a ban on Muslims, but no “white guy ban.”
Carson was asked if he agreed with Lemon and said, “Of course not. That’s ridiculous.” (RELATED: Don Lemon Doubles Down On Claim That White Men Are The Biggest Threat To America)
Carson said this type of division will tear the country apart and divert America from the path of prosperity and peace.
“This is the most powerful nation that the world has ever known, a juggernaut moving toward prosperity for everybody, solving a lot of our problems. And the only thing that can really destroy us are ourselves. Jesus said it best. A house divided against itself cannot stand,” Carson said.
“It was echoed again by Abraham Lincoln and it’s absolutely true today,” he continued. “So we get to decide and this is the great thing. We the people get to decide: Are we going to listen to the purveyors of hatred and division or are we going to listen to our higher angels and start working on ways that we can create real fairness and use logic and common sense to solve problems and learn from our history?”
Lemon said there is “overwhelming” evidence to back up his assertion, during his show Wednesday night.
“I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far-right, primarily white men. That angered some people,” Lemon said.
“The evidence is overwhelming … Even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists,” he continued.
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