Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr., Ben Carson for short, is an unlikely presidential candidate, but one who is topping the polls. The retired neurosurgeon has been described as “eclectic” and has some pretty controversial views on several topics. Here’s a rundown of the ten most insane things Ben Carson has said.
Unbelievable as it is, he was quoted by GQ magazine as calling the president a “psychopath” in response to a comment made by one of his advisers on the President during his sixth State of the Nation address.
“He looks good,” Armstrong Williams said. “He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”
“Like most psychopaths,” Carson replied. “That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”
Carson rose to the public’s political consciousness due to his habit of criticizing President Barack Obama’s policies. One example is his comparison of Obama’s signature healthcare plan to slavery.
“Obamacare is really … the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
Carson seems to love comparing things to slavery. He used it yet again in the topic of unwanted pregnancies (see video around 6:00 mark).
During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Carson’s views on the Holocaust came up. He suggested that if the Jews had been armed they would have prevented the genocide.
He told CNN (7:50 mark): “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. There’s a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
The first time this comparison came up was during a fundraiser for Oregon Republican Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby. A couple of months later, Carson said something about how political correctness is making the country into Nazi Germany:
“I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany…. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”
During a Meet the Press interview (7:40 mark), Carson was asked if the President’s faith should matter to voters. His answer was a definitive: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” The question came up because of an issue on Donald Trump not correcting an audience member about a comment on President Obama being Muslim.
Lady Gaga is wrong. Gays are not born that way or so says Carson.
“Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight. And when they come out, they’re gay. So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said in an interview with Fox News.”It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society. And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
“So it’s not something that’s against gays,” he added. “It’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.”
In another unbelievable comparison, Carson likened the country’s Founding Fathers to ISIS. Here’s how he explains it: “They’ve [ISIS] got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for what they believe, while we’re busily giving away every value and every belief for the sake of political correctness.”
Although considered a “man of science,” Carson has shown that he does not agree with everything that science says. For one, he believes that the Big Bang theory is a “fairy tale.. Watch him talk about it in the video above or read his ramblings here.
This election is Ben Carson’s first bid at an elective office. Do you think he’ll win?