Presidential candidate Ben Carson faced continued fallout from the LGBTQ community after he suggested transgender people should have their own bathrooms.
Speaking with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Carson’s comments came in response to the recent LGBTQ anti-discrimination measure in Texas that was rejected this week.
“It is not fair for them to make everyone else uncomfortable,” he explained. “It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else. The way that this country was designed, it was ‘live and let live,’ and that’s the way I feel.”
Carson’s comments come dangerously close to mirroring the separation of Black and White bathrooms during Jim Crow. The GOP front-runner then took things a step further by stating that the LGBTQ community shouldn’t have “extra rights,” before again repeating his disapproval of gay marriage.
The Human Rights Campaign states Carson’s stereotypes are damaging to the entire LGBTQ community due to his huge platform as a presidential candidate.
This week, the retired neurosurgeon led 29 percent of GOP primary voters, the biggest among the Republican candidates.
“Ben Carson’s hateful comments are out of touch and all candidates should immediately make clear that they disavow his dangerously transphobic views,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “Ben Carson can’t go a week without invoking reckless and irresponsible stereotypes about the LGBT community, and his suggestion that transgender people be required to use segregated bathrooms echoes an ugly past our country should never revisit.”
Check out the interview above.
SOURCE: Fusion | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube
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