GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson delivers a speech to supporters in Phoenix. Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might not dare use against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee. Carson said allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. would be akin to exposing a neighborhood to a “rabid dog.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee.

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