“With Ben Carson, fighting political correctness, or the ‘PC police,’ is central to his philosophy,” wrote Linda Feldmann in a Christian Science Monitor article. “In the latest Republican debate, the soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon turned a question on same-sex benefits into an attack on the idea that because he believes marriage should only be between one man and woman, he’s a ‘homophobe.’ This is how the left tries to ‘frighten people and get people to shut up,’ said Dr. Carson. ‘You know, that’s what the PC culture is all about, and it’s destroying this nation.'” In the early 1990s, the term “political correctness” entered the American lexicon when college campuses began adopting speech codes banning racially offensive language. Over the years, conservatives have criticized a culture that has emerged since that time, stifling free speech and debate in the United States.
During the presidential campaign, Carson and Trump have repeatedly made it an issue. Following controversial remarks about Muslims, Carson said the real problem is the nation’s “politically correct culture.”