While other Republicans have sought to distance themselves from Ben Carson’s stance that he would not support a Muslim in the White House, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — an influential figure in the Iowa GOP primary — said the comments would likely help Carson in the state.
“I wouldn’t expect those remarks would hurt Dr. Carson in Iowa. I think they help him,” King said, according to The Washington Post. “The people on our side who pay any attention to this at all understand sharia is incompatible with the Constitution and that a sincerely devout Muslim — I might say, a devout Islamist — cannot seriously give an oath to support the Constitution, because it’s incompatible with his faith.”
Carson said on “Meet The Press” Sunday that he believed that Islam was inconsistent with the Constitution.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”