Dr. Benjamin Carson drew nation-wide criticism when he disapproved of President Barack Obama’s healthcare policies during the National Prayer Breakfast while standing only a couple feet away from the first black Commander in Chief. Now Carson has another African-American ally in his corner – former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News “On the Record” West said Carson’s remarks are garnering unnecessary attention.
“He violated the unwritten rule of being an African American male, and he criticized some of the policies of President Obama,” Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) snarkily pointed out.“I don’t think it should cause any controversy whatsoever.
“I believe that the doctor gave his assessment of some of the policies that involve his profession, the healthcare profession.”
West also pointed out that most mainstream media rarely criticize President Obama for how he runs the country and that behavior needs to stop.
“I think that we cannot continue to go on believing that all we can do is ask the President what his favorite color is and continue to have these softball interviews,” West said. “Well, I think he felt for the first time someone has stood up to me because pretty much he’s been given a free pass.”
West recalled that the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), once noted that, “If we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House,” but people are hesitant to criticize President Obama as harshly as past Presidents due to the color of his skin.
“I believe that it is time that we have to start standing up and challenging the President,”West said.