GOP candidate Ben Carson made an announcement on Monday that had NASCAR fans all over the country rejoicing.
According to US News, Carson said that NASCAR fans should continue to fly Confederate flags, as long as they do so on private property. This came just after racing legend Richard Petty offered Carson an informal endorsement.
“We’re hoping he’s endorsing the camp, we’re not necessarily endorsing him, but we are — you know what I mean?” Petty said in a brief interview.
“He’s very humane,” Petty responded when asked what he liked about Carson. “That’s one of his strong points as far as we’re concerned.”
After Petty’s comments, Carson told the Associate Press that NASCAR fans should continue waving their confederate flags “if it’s private property and that’s what they want to do.”
Though he acknowledged that the flag has become a “symbol of hate” for many in this country, Carson said that doesn’t mean people should stop flying it.
“Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people, too. And yet they still exist in museums and places like that,” Carson said, describing the decision about flying the flag as “a local issue.” ”If it’s a majority of people in that area who want it to fly, I certainly wouldn’t take it down.”
An endorsement from a NASCAR legend like Petty comes as great news for Carson, who is continuing to climb in the GOP polls.
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