Carson, a Black Republican who served in former President Donald Trumpâ€™s cabinet, has long opposed progressive views on race.
â€œThis is America. Many people fought and gave their lives to bring equality, and now weâ€™re reverting back to identity politics,â€ he said later Thursday on WMAL radioâ€™s Vince Coglianese Show when asked about the impending court vacancy. â€œAnd as we continue to do that, weâ€™re bringing more division into our country.â€
Carson said Biden could be setting a â€œdetrimentalâ€ precedent by focusing on a woman of color.
â€œIf he can do that, then who else can do it in the future using the criteria that they want and completely ignoring all the progress thatâ€™s been made?â€ he said. â€œIt makes absolutely no sense, and I hope people will be incensed about it.â€
Despite Bidenâ€™s pledge that â€œthe person I will nominate will be somebody of extraordinary qualifications, character and integrity,â€ Carson remained concerned.
â€œWe need a Supreme Court where we have the best candidates who understand the Constitution and are not trying to legislate from the bench,â€ he continued. â€œThings have gotten so partisan, at least on the left side.â€
â€œTo create that kind of situation in the highest court in the land is really abominable and very detrimental to our freedoms,â€ he added.
Carson has previously drawn rebukes from Black leaders for his views on race. In 2020, former gubernatorial candidate and activist Stacey Abrams called him â€œinfantileâ€ for suggesting Americans were too sensitive on racial matters.