Carly on The Tonight Show Wrong Again About a “Constitutional” Issue

 

Carly, what did Dr. Ben’s Carson’s answer to Chuck Todd re his own thoughts about a Muslim as president have to do with Constitution? Nothing, so why did you take the opportunity to get some pandering applause from Jimmy Fallon’s low-information Tonight Show audience?

As you know, I have a strong disagreement with Carly Fiorina’s view that the “right” to birthright citizenship is contained in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s not in there, I don’t care what they said in Chico and the Man.

Now she has weighed in on another “Constitutional” issue, this time during her appearance last night on “The Tonight Show.” I have “Constitutional” in quotes because the issue of whether a Muslim is qualified to be president of the United States under the Constitution has nothing to do with anything Dr. Ben Carson said last Sunday on “Meet the Press.” Dr. Carson was asked whether a president’s faith should matter. Here’s the exchange:

CHUCK TODD: Let me wrap this up by finally dealing with what’s been going on, Donald Trump, and a deal with a questioner that claimed that the president was Muslim. Let me ask you the question this way: Should a President’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?

DR. BEN CARSON: Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.

CHUCK TODD: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?

DR. BEN CARSON: No, I don’t, I do not.

CHUCK TODD: So you–

DR. BEN CARSON: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.

So as you can see, Dr. Carson was not asked about qualifications under the Constitution. He was expressing his opinion on what he thinks would be a good idea, and what he would “advocate.” Jimmy Fallon  stated that “Ben Carson is in a lot of trouble for saying he would not advocate a Muslim being president,” which is half right. I don’t think he’s in a lot of trouble, but that is what the good doctor said. So why does Carly make the leap that Dr. Carson’s personal thoughts of what would be desirable has anything to do with what “it says in our Constitution?” Of course, since the entire media has decided that the Constitution is at issue in Dr. Carson’s remarks, very few people will bust Carly on this one, but that’s what I’m here for, right?

And of course, the low information audience erupted in applause when she said she was “OK’ with a Muslim as president. Like Dr. Carson, I am not, but as I said on last Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, it may be too late.

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