Republican presidential candidate Ben
Carson refused to discuss gay rights during a recent appearance on
After a previous appearance on CNN's
New Day, where he claimed that being gay is a choice because
prison can make a person gay, Carson vowed to no longer discuss gay
On Wednesday, Carson returned to the
program and host Chris Cuomo asked him to weigh in on remarks made by
at least two conservatives equating the Confederate flag with the
Fischer says rainbow flag represents “gay reich”; Demands its
“Many people are equating what the
Confederate flag stands for with the Gay Pride flag, and saying,
‘Hey, that flag should be taken down, too, because all it stands
for is hatred toward Christians and people who don't favor gay
rights.' Do you see an equation between those two symbols?” Cuomo
“I decided that I really wanted to
talk about the Confederate flag during this time,” Carson
said after a pause.
“But you just said, doctor, that you
cannot avoid these difficult situations because that's how they
fester. You must deal with what is difficult to deal with. That's
part of leadership,” Cuomo responded.
Carson refused, saying he would rather
discuss the issue during a separate segment.