During his address to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday, former 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson linked presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to 'Lucifer,' noting that one of her favorite college professors cited him favorably in his most famous book.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with a large following among socially conservative voters, told delegates at the Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday about Clinton's admiration for famed community organizer Saul Alinsky - a man who wrote about Lucifer in his 1989 book “Rules for Radicals.”
The crowd may have eaten up the insinuation, but social media had some other thoughts about his sentiments:
Carson later doubled-down on his defense of the remarks during an interview with CNN on Wednesday, telling host Chris Cuomo that:
"Recognize that this is a very famous book, Rules for Radicals, and on the dedication page, [Alinsky] acknowledged Lucifer in an admiring way, saying he's the original radical who gained his own kingdom...
We all have people who are our mentors. We all have people who we admire. As a college student at Wellesley, she was on a first-name basis with Saul Alinsky ... They were very close."
Carson's decision to discuss Alinsky (and, subsequently, Lucifer) at the RNC appears to have been last-minute, as there is no reference to Lucifer in his prepared remarks.
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