While GOP presidential contender Ben Carson met with supporters after a recent town hall, he was confronted by a soft-spoken woman who questioned him about her own sexuality.
“I have a question. Do you think I chose to be gay?” the woman, wearing an LGBT shirt, asked Carson at the New York town hall Monday night.
Carson simply responded, “That’s a long conversation,” and continued to take a photo with a supporter.
“I think you’re full of s**t,” the woman responded before walking away.
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The brief exchange was captured by ABC News, which reported that the woman’s question was most likely in response to a controversial CNN interview Carson gave in March — before he threw his hat into the ring for the Republican presidential nomination. During that interview, Carson said being gay was a choice as evidenced by prison inmates who, upon being released, are attracted to the same sex.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has since apologized for those remarks in a statement.
“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended,” he said.
While at the town hall, Carson also told TheBlaze that he does not stand by comments made by his adviser, Armstrong Williams, who said Carson “is the only true authentic evangelical Christian in the race.”
“I do not agree with that statement,” Carson said. “I would never make a statement like that.”