Not only is Dr. Ben Carson not the first black conservative to have given a speech — he isn’t even the first black conservative to have given a speech at CPAC this year. And his critics — especially the ones tweeting from the liberal “tolerance brigade” — do need to chill. Martin does suggest that conservative fans chill as well.

Carson has been cagey about his political plans, and in his hour-long interview with Sean Hannity, he was reticent about his party affiliation as well. Running for president in 2016 does seem like a stretch for someone who hasn’t run for office before, but there are other races to be run. Until then, sit back and marvel as Martin defends Carson to his followers.

It was this tweet, from March 7, which set people off, reportedly.

Several of Martin’s followers aren’t taking the advice to chill, or at least aren’t taking a liking to Carson.

https://twitter.com/lilman219/status/313036951592771585

https://twitter.com/NYYFan1977/status/313035743394144257

To some, it’s a matter of Carson’s policies, not his race.

https://twitter.com/rachawal/status/313038964204388353

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