- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2015

Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said this week that “all lives matter,” including black lives, and called an exchange on the subject at Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate typical of political correctness in the country.

“Of course all lives matter — and all lives includes black lives,” Mr. Carson said on Wednesday evening’s “The Kelly File” on Fox News. “And we have to stop submitting to those who want to divide us into all these special interest groups and start thinking about what works for everybody.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley responded to a question at Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate by saying “black lives matter,” while former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said that as president of the United States, “every life in this country matters.”

Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement have interrupted Mr. Sanders and Mr. O’Malley on the trail this year, and Mr. O’Malley later apologized after responding at the Netroots Nation conference in July: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”

Mr. Carson called Tuesday’s exchange “so typical of political correctness in our country.”

“There are a lot of policies that this administration has embraced that hurt black lives, that hurt all people who are in the underclass,” Mr. Carson said. “You know, the way that we have doubled the national debt and basically abolished the banking system, savings accounts and bonds and things like that, which used to be a mechanism for poor people and middle class people to grow their money — it virtually doesn’t exist anymore.”

“You have to have risk tolerance so you can go into the stock market — that tends to happen with people with more income,” he said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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