Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said late Monday that rival Dr. Ben Carson was “wrong” to say he didn’t believe a Muslim should be President of the United States.
“I think that’s wrong,” Fiorina told ABC’s “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. “You know, it says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office. It is also true that this country was founded on the principle that we judge each individual and that anyone, of any faith, is welcome here.”
The former Hewlitt-Packard CEO added that she believed strong faith, regardless of what that faith is, makes for “better leaders,” according to ABC News.
“I battled cancer, I’ve lost a child. I’ve been tested,” she said. “But whether it’s a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith, or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism and i think those are important things.”
The Carson campaign maintained that Republican primary voters agree with him on the subject of a Muslim’s fitness to serve as commander-in-chief.
Carson also dismissed criticism from his fellow Republican presidential candidates Monday in a Facebook post.
“Those Republicans that take issue with my position are amazing,” he wrote. “Under Islamic Law, homosexuals – men and women alike – must be killed. Women must be subservient. And people following other religions must be killed. I know that there are many peaceful Muslims who do not adhere to these beliefs. But until these tenants (sic) are fully renounced…I cannot advocate any Muslim candidate for President.”