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Dr. Ben Carson has tough words for Democrats while walking through Harlem

If Fox News host Megyn Kelly would have spent more than 1:20 seconds on the race issue with Ben Carson at the GOP debates it would have served the GOP well I think.

Dr. Ben Carson had some tough words for the Democrats — and for his fellow African-Americans — during a campaign swing through New York Wednesday.

Here are a few takeaways from his conversations with passerbys:

“Of course black lives matter,” said Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, after a lunch meeting with local leaders at the Harlem landmark Sylvia’s.

“What I feel, instead of people pointing fingers at each other, and just creating strife, what we need to be talking about is, how do we solve the problem in the black community of murder,” Carson said.

“For a young black male, in the inner city, homicide is the most likely cause of death. That’s ridiculous,” Carson said.

“I think it’s because the Democrat Party has subscribed to the Lyndon Johnson philosophy,” he said.

“Lyndon Johnson said, if you give those ‘n-words’ such and such, they’ll vote for us for the next 200 years,” he continued, alluding to the use of the racial slur by the same former President who oversaw the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Carson on Wednesday also met with faith and community leaders and did a little retail politicking in Harlem on top of speaking with the press.

Some locals said a Carson candidacy will be a tough sell.

“Ok, here we go again, another black Republican,” quipped James Johnston-Lynch, 50, of Harlem.

“They are trying to show that they are not racist by saying, ‘See we have a black candidate too.’”

His wife, Jackie Johnston, 53, stopped to ask Carson what he would do to help soldiers who suffer from PTSD.

“He said he would help with their transition the second they enlist,” she said.

“I like his answer — but I don’t think he’ll have the resources to do it.”

Check out the full interview segment here:

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H/T – NewsDay

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