Ben Carson Compares Islamic State Militants To American Patriots

Say what you want about the Islamic State terror group, but according to conservative superstar Dr. Ben Carson, they don’t cave to political correctness like Americans.

The potential 2016 presidential contender praised American patriots for their willingness to die for their beliefs Thursday during a speech to the Republican National Committee in San Diego, the Associated Press reported. Then he brought up IS militants.

“They got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for what they believe, while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness,” Carson reportedly said to applause.

“We have to change that,” he added.

The comments came a few days after the terror group reportedly released a new video showing a 10-year-old boy shooting two hostages in the head. Carson later told the AP it was “ridiculous” to interpret his remarks as a comparison between American patriots and the Islamic State.

The retired neurosurgeon has been no stranger to peculiar historical comparisons: Last year he made several analogies to Nazi Germany, saying progressives could turn the U.S. into something like the Third Reich and later saying the U.S. was in fact already there.

“I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany,” Carson told Breitbart News in March, after declaring that we were living in a “Gestapo age.”

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