Ben Carson: screen Syrian refugees like they might be rabid dogs
The Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has said that blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the US was akin to handling a rabid dog.
At campaign stops in Alabama, Carson said halting Syrian resettlement in the US doesn’t mean America lacks compassion.
“If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” Carson told reporters at one stop.
“It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.”
Carson said that to “protect my children” he would “call the humane society and hopefully they can come take this dog away and create a safe environment once again”.
“By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly. Who are the people who want to come in here and hurt us and want to destroy us?”
He later repeated the comparison at a rally at the University of South Alabama, while telling hundreds of supporters that reporters had misrepresented his earlier remarks. “This is the kind of thing that they do,” he said, drawing laughs and applause.