Despite the fact that Ben Carson seems to believe that the “liberal media” is out to get him, all the media is really doing is using his own words, tested against facts, to expose that almost nothing he says is actually true. His “go-to” move seems to be denying that he said whatever it is he’s being called out on, or if he can’t deny that he said it, claim the media is taking what he said out of context – even when they’re quoting him verbatim.
What’s undeniable is that Ben Carson says a lot of really dishonest or flat-out crazy things – though sometimes it’s difficult to grasp how crazy someone is until you’ve seen several examples of their insanity put in one place.
So that’s what I’m going to do. In no particular order, I’m going to list ten of Carson’s most embarrassing and ridiculous lies.
1. “First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works. The president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch. So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibility to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law. And that’s something we need to talk about.”
Yes, that’s Ben Carson falsely claiming that a president doesn’t have to adhere to the Constitution or the rulings of our Supreme Court. He also shows a complete lack of knowledge as to how our system of checks and balances works.
2. “A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.”
It’s astounding that a doctor said something like this. Not only is it offensive, but it’s not even remotely true.
3. His tax plan based on biblical tithing “works out very well.”
Except, it doesn’t. As Politifact noted, not only does Carson’s plan completely screw up how it taxes our GDP, but essentially every tax expert they asked said his plan would create a yearly $1 trillion deficit. Furthermore, his proposal would be a disaster for poor and middle class Americans.
4. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”
That’s the GOP presidential frontrunner expressing his belief in 1998 (which he recently said he still believes) that “all the archeologists” are wrong and the Egyptian pyramids were built by the biblical character Joseph as grain storages – not tombs for pharaohs. Even though, you know, there’s ample indisputable evidence – including the mummified bodies of pharaohs – that prove exactly what purpose the pyramids served.
5. “Well, that’s easy to answer: I didn’t have an involvement with them [Mannatech]. That is total propaganda. And this is what happens in our society — total propaganda. I did a couple speeches for them. I did speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of relationship with them. Do I take the product? Yes. I think it’s a good product.”
This quote occurred during the third GOP presidential debate when Ben Carson denied having any involvement with the highly controversial fart pill company, Mannatech. In reality, he had a decade-long relationship with the company that included paid speeches, appearing in promotional videos for them and even admitting that he currently uses their products. I’m not sure how he can claim he didn’t have any involvement with the company when there’s ample evidence linking him to Mannatech for about a decade.
6. “The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’ So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it’s called schizophrenia and I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.”
First, nothing he listed in the above remarks has anything to do with our “founding documents.” In fact, there’s not a single mention of Christianity anywhere in our Constitution. But even beyond all of that, Carson tried to “prove” that the United States was founded on Christianity by listing a whole bunch of stuff that didn’t exist until long after our Founding Fathers had died. Being that “one nation under God” didn’t show up in our pledge of allegiance until 1954, I have no idea what that has to do with the founding of this country.
7. “Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience. What they had was a deep belief that freedom is a gift from God. They had a determination to rise up against a tyrannical King. They were willing to risk all they had, even their lives, to be free.”
Actually, the majority of our Founding Fathers had ample political experience.
8. “In the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei. And that’s where they first established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin.”
That’s Ben Carson claiming that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Russian President Vladimir Putin all went to school together – which is not at all true.
9. “But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and I think are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that’s appropriate.”
That’s Dr. Carson spreading anti-vaccine nonsense during the second GOP presidential debate. Leave it to Republicans to find a doctor who doesn’t even seem to believe in science.
10. “I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama when he was running for president. In fact, I remember just the opposite. I remember saying, ‘O-o-oh, we won’t really talk about that.’ Why are you guys not interested in why his records are sealed? Can somebody tell me why?”
That’s part of Carson’s post-West Point lie meltdown where he tried to evoke the soundly debunked myth about President Obama’s transcripts to take the heat off of himself. While he claimed “confusion” as to why Obama’s transcripts are sealed, anyone who knows anything about college transcripts knows they’re legally required to be sealed by every education institution. The president didn’t “order them sealed,” as Carson is clearly suggesting, the law requires that every school seal transcripts for every student who attends. You would think a graduate of Yale would know this, but we’re talking about a brain surgeon who thinks the theory of evolution is satanic.
I purposely stayed away from the West Point story specifically because it’s been covered enough. I also didn’t want to venture into the stories he’s told about his past because there’s really no way to prove that he’s lying. Unlike the comments I just listed which include ample, indisputable evidence showcasing what an absolute liar Ben Carson really is.
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