Ben Carson seems to think only liberals can hold “extreme” political views.
The Republican presidential candidate, who claims “the power of God” is behind his campaign but believes Muslims are too religious to serve as president, said he would task the Department of Education with monitoring and punishing examples of “extreme political bias” at colleges and universities.
Carson explained his sketched-out policy proposal Thursday during an interview with talk radio host Dana Loesch, where he assured conservatives they would not be targeted by his campus speech monitoring, reported Right Wing Watch.
“There are some who would say that it’s kind of like monitoring political speech,” Loesch said. “Do you agree with their assessment of that?”
Carson, who has said the Affordable Health Care Act is worse than slavery and proposed arming kindergarten teachers, said he would not agree with that criticism.
“No, I don’t, I think it’s a very big difference,” Carson said. “But, of course, that would be the first thing that the left would claim because they want to be able to continue to do this, and it’s not appropriate for public funding to be used to indoctrinate students in one direction.”
Loesch worried that conservatives might similarly be monitored, but Carson — who has warned that President Barack Obama would declare martial law before his term expires to hold onto the White House — argued that conservatism could never be considered an extreme ideology.
“I think we would have to put in very strict guidelines for the way that that was done — and that’s why I used the word ‘extreme,’” Carson said. “I didn’t just say ‘political bias,’ I said ‘extreme political biases.’”