In what seems like a nearly every day occurrence, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson once again said something that showcased how ignorant he seems to be about practically everything. During a Sunday interview, Carson was asked which founding father stood out to him, to which he answered Thomas Jefferson. The problem is the reasoning he gave for choosing Jefferson.
“I’m impressed by a lot of them, but particularly impressed with Thomas Jefferson, who seemed to have very deep insight into the way that people would react,” Carson said. “And he tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies and control the natural growth of the government.”
You see, Jefferson wasn’t around when the Constitution was being drafted. Thomas Jefferson did write the Declaration of Independence, though as I’ve pointed out previously, the two documents are completely different. That’s a fact which seems to elude many Republicans who often cite the words “endowed by our Creator” as “proof” that the nation was founded on Christianity.
To make matters worse, Carson’s newest book, A More Perfect Union, manages to accurately cite the fact that Jefferson was in France when the Constitution was drafted. This raises the question, how much did Carson actually have to do with writing his own book?
For the record, James Madison is considered the “father of the Constitution.”
This marks the second big gaffe Carson has made about our Founding Fathers in just the last couple of weeks. Earlier this month he tried to defend himself from questions about whether or not he’s qualified to be president considering his lack of political experience by inaccurately stating that none of the Founding Fathers had any political experience either:
“You are absolutely right — I have no political experience. The current Members of Congress have a combined 8,700 years of political experience. Are we sure political experience is what we need? Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.”
Unfortunately for Carson, the vast majority of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence did have backgrounds in politics and government.
He later tried to backtrack by saying he meant they didn’t have any “federal” government experience. Sadly for Ben Carson, the federal government didn’t exist before it was created by our Founding Fathers.
Are any of these statements particularly huge deals by themselves? No. Everyone is prone to making false statements now and again. The issue here is that Ben Carson makes them all the time. Over the last month or so he’s repeatedly been caught saying one thing, only to adjust “what he meant” once he’s been called out for saying something inaccurate.
Take for instance the statement he made during the fourth GOP debate where he clearly implied that the Chinese were conducting military operations in Syria. He actually doubled down on that statement before finally admitting that he didn’t know what he was talking about.
Luckily it seems as if even many conservatives are realizing how woefully unfit Ben Carson is to be our next president. Unfortunately, that’s not really saying much considering many of those same conservatives think Donald Trump would make an amazing commander-in-chief.
It only proves how far the Republican party has fallen from the days of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower.
Watch Carson’s comments below via C-SPAN: