Ben Carson has made a name for himself in the right wing fever swamps with a seemingly endless stream of comparisons so stupid and obnoxious that the concussion rate has gone up 40% from heads hitting desks. He’s particularly fond of Nazi analogies, but he defended those comparisons on CNN and, of course, blamed the media for actually listening to his words.
Asked by Blitzer whether he would amend or take back his comments, Carson said “Absolutely not.”
Carson made the comments during a March interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart.com. He noted that the Third Reich was “using its tools to intimidate the population,” and said that “we now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”
In elaborating on those comments Wednesday, he again suggested that the U.S. “government is using instruments of government, like the IRS, to punish its opponents.”
Pressed by Blitzer on whether the comparison was appropriate, Carson argued his focus on the specific words was “part of the problem.”
“What you were doing is allowing words to affect you more than listening to what was actually being said. And that’s part of the problem,” he said.
“You are just focusing on the words ‘Nazi Germany’ and completely missing the point of what is being said,” he added.
He was also asked about comments that Obamacare was the “worst thing” that’s happened in the U.S. “since slavery.” Carson said whether the health care reform law was worse than other crises that have gripped the nation, like the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 or the Great Depression, is “not the point.”
What is absolutely clear by now is that Ben Carson is well-qualified to be president. The chief qualification for that office, like almost any elected office, is the ability to look right into a camera and say the most egregiously moronic things with a completely straight face and total confidence. “The men the American people admire most extravagantly,” Mencken reminded us, “are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”