Back when he first announced his intention to run for president, I wrote an article detailing five Ben Carson quotes that I felt were so crazy, they should have disqualified him from the White House in the eyes of pretty much any rational voter. I stand by my stance that those statements prove why he has no business being president, but the comments from that first article seem tame in comparison to some of the things he’s said since declaring his candidacy.
So, I thought a “part two” was in order to showcase the true craziness of one of the GOP’s current two presidential frontrunners.
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.” – This is Carson saying that a president doesn’t need to adhere to the Constitution and can ignore the Supreme Court whenever they feel like it. He also clearly doesn’t understand that Congress cannot pass unconstitutional laws to simply override a Supreme Court ruling – that requires a Constitutional Amendment.
2. “I got that idea, quite frankly, from the Bible, tithing. You make $10 billion a year, you pay a billion. You make $10 a year, you pay one. You get the same rates. That’s pretty darn fair if you ask me.” – Said during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace where he laid out his “tax plan”… based on biblical tithing. Wallace went on to point out how economists have said a plan such as his would be economically disastrous, mostly hurting the poor and middle class while benefitting the rich.
3. “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.’” – Said following the shooting in Oregon where he suggested that a good strategy against an armed madman with a semi-automatic weapon is to rush the shooter. This is made more interesting by his claim that he was present during an armed robbery at a restaurant, and not only did he not disarm the shooter after supposedly having a gun pressed against his ribs, but he pointed the armed robber in the direction of the clerk behind the counter.
4. “Just clarify, if there had been no gun control laws in Europe at that time, would six million Jews have been slaughtered?” – Carson suggesting that had Jewish people only been armed, Hitler would have never risen to power. By the way, the whole “gun control is why Nazi Germany came to power” thing is a myth.
5. “Think about this. During slavery, and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it. During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘You know, I don’t believe in slavery, I think it’s wrong. But you guys do whatever you want to do.’ Where would we be?” – Carson comparing pregnant women who think they should have control over their own bodies to slave owners who thought they should be able to control their slaves.
And I didn’t even get into his complete butchering of the history of our Founding Fathers or the fact that he clearly doesn’t understand what the debt ceiling is.
But there you have it, 5 more actual word-for-word quotes from one of the two frontrunners for the Republican nomination for president. That’s a terrifying thought.
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