The 7 craziest things Ben Carson has ever said
How many nonsensical utterances does a GOP candidate have to make before people start backing away from his candidacy?
Ben Carson, who was a respected pediatric neurosurgeon with an inspiring backstory of working his way up from poverty (albeit with plenty of government help), has a history of saying crazy stuff. Lately, it’s just been getting weirder and weirder. And when people dig up wacko things he’s said in the past, he doesn’t deny them as a “youthful indiscretion.” He doubles down on the crazy.
A 1998 video unearthed by Buzzfeed has a younger Carson claiming that the pyramids were built by the biblical Joseph to store seven years of grain. When asked about it now, Carson doesn’t deny the claim — he says “secular progressives” are free to ridicule him, but he stands by his theory.
Never mind the fact that archaeologists who have been inside Egyptian pyramids tell a different story — they’re not empty warehouses, they’re solidly built, with burial chambers within. But since “secular progressives” are the good doctor’s latest version of the boogeyman, well, there’s nothing to discuss.
Even worse, he compounded his lie by saying “scientists” said pyramids were built by aliens. Look, we all know many Republicans don’t believe in science. But don’t make it even worse by laying these outrageous claims on science.
Here’s another one to wrap your head around: In a 2011 video, Carson claimed that NASA was successful in putting men on the moon because “God was included in the Declaration of Independence,” according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. Um, actually, author Thomas Jefferson was a Deist who rejected much of established Christianity. And I doubt those NASA scientists had God on their minds when they were designing Apollo 11.
I can understand that some Americans, frustrated with Congress and still refusing to accept the fact that there’s a black family living in the White House, want an “outsider” candidate for president. Someone like Carson appeals to evangelical conservatives with his constant references to God, even if they’re nonsensical. But he’s now leading in some national polls, listed as a first choice by more than a quarter of GOP voters. So let’s look at his history of nonsense:
Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” He made this pronouncement at the 2013 Values Voters Summit, and the crowd (showing they had no value for anyone else) ate it up. So getting over 10 million more people onto the health insurance rolls is worse than picking cotton?
“I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating” than taking away 2nd Amendment rights. Carson gave this answer in a Facebook Q&A with supporters, and he said it right after the mass shooting at an Oregon community college. Go up to the parents who lost sons and daughters at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dr. Carson, and say that to their faces. I dare you.
God gave him the answers to his college chemistry final. He told a story at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast that he got the answers in a dream, and that he aced the test, according to an account from Right Wing Watch. Carson claims that a “nebulous figure” came to him in a dream and wrote out chemistry problems on a blackboard, and those same problems were on the test the next day. “When I went to take the test the next morning, it was like The Twilight Zone.” Look, I think nearly everyone has said a prayer before taking a hard exam, but most of us know that God wants us to study, not just pray. No, Dr. Carson, I think your candidacy is like The Twilight Zone.
Anti-gay bakers might poison same-sex wedding cakes. At the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, Carson defended the “religious freedom” idea that businesses could refuse to serve all comers, based on their beliefs. According to an account by The Bilerico Project, Carson joked that it’s not smart to force a business to bake you a cake if the bakers don’t want to, “because they might put poison in that cake.” Carson’s staff reportedly thought that was hilarious.
Prison proves that being gay is a “choice.” In a 2015 CNN interview, Carson told host Chris Cuomo that “a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.” Actually, getting raped in prison doesn’t make you gay, Dr. Carson. He actually apologized for that comment and walked it back somewhat, but still claimed science about homosexuality is “murky.”
There are a lot more, but I have to stop before my head explodes. There are the constant references to Hitler, the stabbing story, the claim that none of the Founding Fathers ever held political office. UPDATE: Now we find that he lied about being accepted to West Point — turns out he never even applied.
Please, America, pick someone for president who’s not making a mockery of knowledge.