The April 2015 issue of GQ Magazine profiled Tea Party darling Ben Carson, and despite hiring handlers to keep him from making (more) extremist statements that might hurt his likely 2016 bid, Carson was unable to quiet the crazy that lurks in his mild-mannered persona.
Carson is known for making outlandish and false statements that gain him points with the radical right minority, but they don’t sell in the real world – the world where facts aren’t considered a “belief.” He’s compared Obamacare to slavery and recently offered up a sorrynotsorry “apology” for claiming prison rape is proof that homosexuality is a choice.
Some highlights from the GQ article:
Obama is a well dressed psychopath.
- During Obama’s State of the Union last month, Carson’s business manager Armstrong Williams said this about President Obama: “He looks good. He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”
Carson grumbled, “Like most psychopaths. That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”
Why doesn’t Israel just copy U.S. politics?
- Carson and his wife Candy travelled to Israel in February – like many presidential hopefuls do – to go on what Carson described as a “fact finding mission.” As this GQ excerpt illustrates, Carson has a very rudimentary understanding of foreign policy:
“The woman answered Carson’s question about political parties, telling him that there were Labor and Likud and a host of other factions in the Knesset. ‘And what is the role of the Knesset?’ he interjected. This prompted a tutorial on Israel’s legislature. Carson is a tall, dignified-looking man with a placid, almost sleepy face. As he tried to concentrate on his Hebrew Schoolhouse Rock primer, he seemed even more fatigued. ‘It sounds complex,’ he finally said. ‘Why don’t they just adopt the system we have?’”
Carson doubles down and says America is like Nazi Germany.
- You may have noticed that Carson often compares the United States to Nazi Germany – claming that Americans are as intimidated and afraid to criticize Obama and their government as Germans were under the Third Reich. (Has he not noticed the Tea Party criticism?) When GQ’s Jason Zengerie asked if he regrets his incendiary “Nazi” comments, Carson “refused to give any ground.” But when Zengerie asked him the same question while he was touring the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Carson had an answer:
“We’d spent the previous ninety minutes touring the museum, followed by Carson entering Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance and, black kippah atop his head, laying a wreath made of red, pink, and orange poppies that read ‘Courage and Truth Will Win: In loving memory the 6 million.’ Given all this, I asked Carson, did it make him reconsider his analogy?
‘Not at all,’ he said. ‘It makes it even stronger.’”
Okay then. There you have it.