2016 Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson reacted on "Fox and Friends Weekend" today to the fallout from the Charleston church shooting.

He said that it's difficult for politicians to let a terrible event like that occur without trying to make "political hay" of it.

"If we continue to allow the purveyors of division and hatred to stoke the flames of controversy, we're going to continue to have hatred manifested in these kinds of horrible ways," Carson said. "And we must, as a nation, begin to teach, particularly our young people, what is very important. And that is that everybody is equal, everybody is protected. And let's look more deeply than just superficial coloring of skin."

He asserted that tremendous progress in racial harmony is going to waste because of people who are trying to gain a political advantage.

"People are starting to think for themselves and recognize that the only people who can solve problems are not political people," Carson said. "There are lots of other people who have brains, who know how to figure things out and have a record of accomplishment. And as people begin to listen to that, I think we're going to be better off as a nation, because when our nation was put together, it was not put together for a political class. It was put together for 'we the people.'"

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