MN boy's response to Ben Carson's 'Muslim president' comments goes viral


A 12-year-old Twin Cities boy had some stern words for Ben Carson, who said this week that a Muslim should never become president.

Yusuf Dayur, who according to MPR News is a middle-schooler from Eden Prairie, was so affected by the controversial remarks that he recorded his own video response to the GOP presidential candidate – which has so far been seen more than 117,000 times on Facebook.

"Mr. Carson, what if someone told you that you can't become president because of your color? What if someone told you that you can't become president because of your race? What if someone told you can't become president because of your faith? And that's what you did to me," he said.

"I wanted to become president, since I was 2-3 years old, when I barely knew how to walk. I was going to preschool and I would brag to my little, tiny friends that I'm going to become president one day. And you basically shattered my dreams because you said a Muslim person could not become president."

The precocious student went on to compare his comments to the time of the civil rights movement, when people would say a black person could not become president, and how President Barack Obama broke through that.

He then made Carson a promise:

"I will break the Muslim barrier. I will become the first Muslim president, and you will see that when I become president I will respect people of all faiths, all colors, and all religions."

He said he would treat all people with respect, before adding: "Obviously you don't know what respect is. My name is Yusuf Dayur, and guess what? I don't care what you say."

In an interview with MPR News, the Somali-American boy also spoke about Iran's nuclear deal and the push for healthier school meals, and criticized Donald Trump for disparaging comments he made over the appearance of fellow GOP candidate Carly Fiorina.

He said he actually quite liked Ben Carson before his comments, and described President Obama as "not amazing" but "not trouble."

Carson says his comment has won him support

Carson is considered one of the front-runners for the Republican nomination, with the Dispatch Times currently having him in second place, four points behind Trump.

The retired neurosurgeon's comments came on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, during which he was asked, "Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?"

He replied: "No, I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."

Carson said on Wednesday that in the wake of his comments, donations "poured in" to his campaign, according to CNN.

"The money has been coming in so fast, it's hard to even keep up with it. I remember the day of the last debate (Sept. 16), within 24 hours we raised $1 million. And it's coming in at least at that rate if not quite a bit faster."

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