Former Housing & Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson spoke out on Tuesday to rip into Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for what he described as the “disgusting” comparison that she made between Georgia’s new election law and South African Apartheid of the mid-20th Century.
This came after Omar voiced her support for calls to boycott Georgia, saying that in the case of Apartheid, which ran from roughly 1948 to 1991, the segregationist and institutionally racist policies against the black population of South Africa came to an end because of boycotts.
“Our hope is that this boycott will result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that isn’t fully functioning for all of us,” Omar alleged of the new Georgia election law that prohibits electioneering in the vicinity of a poll, expands weekend early voting and strengthens ID requirements for absentee balloting.
Carson fired back by saying that it was both offensive and dangerous for Omar to compare the Georgia election law to something as serious as Apartheid.
“It’s so disgusting that people would try to take something as horrible as Apartheid and try to equate it to this and not to explain it,” he told Fox News. “This is the worst part. They make these accusations, they all get on the bandwagon and they will not sit down and explain it.”
Carson went on to say that Omar’s claims are indicative of a bigger problem in this country right now in which people are invoking racism left and right without backing up their claims with any facts.
“We’re not each other’s enemies. Trying to create Black victimhood and White guilt does not lead us to a good place,” he said.
Not stopping there, Carson also went after President Joe Biden for describing the Georgia law as “Jim Crow on steroids.”
“It’s very sad that some of our leaders, particularly the leader of the free world would be involved in disseminating information that is untrue. I wonder if these people understand history,” he said. “Do they know what Jim Crow laws actually were? They were a mechanism to diminish the rights that many Blacks had gained during Reconstruction and they enforced segregation. The things that people went through in those days were horrendous.”