While Donald Trump gets most of the attention, I’ll be honest – I fear Ben Carson becoming president more than I do Trump. Both would undoubtedly be an absolute disaster if elected, but Carson is just flat-out not qualified to be president. While most people hesitate to call him “stupid” because he is a neurosurgeon, I think it’s important to understand the difference between book smarts and actual real-world knowledge. Not only that, but following his fairly strange comments on vaccines during the second GOP presidential debate, I’m even starting to question his overall knowledge of science and medicine.
As I’ve said plenty of times before, I just don’t get this Carson “surge.”
Well, following the tragic massacre in Oregon, the GOP presidential candidate made some controversial remarks regarding the inaction of the people being shot at:
“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.'”
Yes, that’s a presidential candidate suggesting that, when confronted with a psychopath who may have a semi-automatic rifle, potential victims should rush the shooter. Another way to put it is that he’s basically saying everyone who didn’t attack the shooter is just a coward who allowed other people to be killed with their inaction.
He also went on to post on Facebook that he “never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”
And let me remind everyone, this is the guy who’s currently second in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Needless to say, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah had some rather harsh things to say concerning Carson’s idiocy about the apparent “inaction” of those who chose not to rush a madman with a gun.
“This guy would make the worst hostage negotiator ever,” Noah said. “‘All right, sir, I need you to stay calm and put your gun down. Everyone else, rush him! Rush him now! How many people are dead? Well, at least it wasn’t everyone.'”
He also went on to mock Carson’s “strategy” in dealing with a gunman, calling it the zombie strategy.
“It’s weird that Ben Carson thinks a zombie strategy would be the way to go,” Noah quipped. “Unless – wait a second – slow, languid pace. Dead eyes. Loves brains. Oh my God, this explains everything, Ben Carson is a zombie!”
Though correspondent Desi Lydic had perhaps the best line of the night when discussing Carson’s comments.
“Guns don’t kill people, people shot by guns who don’t rush the guy shooting them kill people,” she mockingly explained.
While he’s only wrapping up his second week as host of The Daily Show, I’m fairly impressed by Trevor Noah so far. His style is certainly different than his predecessor, Jon Stewart, but he’s incorporated much of the same outline for success in calling out right-wing lunacy.
And when it comes to the absurdity of presidential candidates like Ben Carson, he’s going to have plenty of material for quite a long time.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: