Ben Carson’s Greatest Hits

Right Wing Watch has a rundown of all the bizarre and extreme claims made by Ben Carson during his brief pre-presidential campaign. It’s the kind of inane, wildly exaggerated rhetoric that makes the Tea Party types go weak in the knees while clutching their pearls.

Carson has expanded on his views in speeches to conservative gatherings and a timely book tour, revealing himself to be a politician adept at dishing out conservative talking points and playing into right-wing fears about government persecution.

For example, Carson has called the Affordable Care Act “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” declaring it to be “slavery in a way,” and has said that the law is worse than the September 11, 2001 attacks, claiming that its passage was part of a larger Leninist push to impose communism on America.

Far-right activists eat up Carson’s claims that the U.S. military should not follow rules about war crimes and that supposedly anti-American AP U.S. History courses will inspire students to join ISIS.

Carson has inserted himself directly into popular Tea Party martyrdom narratives, claiming that he is the victim of liberal media bias and IRS targeting. Carson, a former Fox News contributor, also alleges that the Obama administration is trying to “shut down” the conservative network. Without Fox News, Carson said, Obama would have successfully introduced communism and “we would already be Cuba.”

Carson has even claimed that he is losing his First Amendment right to free speech and that Hitlerian progressives are turning America into a society “very much like Nazi Germany.” “We live in a Gestapo age,” he has said, also arguing that Obama takes his cues from Mein Kampf and is effectively committing treason.

He is a favorite of the anti-gay right, and with good reason. Carson has linked gay rights advocates to supporters of pedophilia and bestiality, attacked LGBT-affirming churches as offensive to God, demanded that Congress oust judges who back gay rights, and accused gay people of seeking “extra rights” and creating a powerful “P.C. police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.”

Speaking at a National Organization for Marriage fundraiser, he insisted that gay marriage is a communist plot designed to bring down America and usher in a “New World Order.” However, Carson said he would no longer discuss gay rights issues after he received criticism for telling a CNN host that prison sex proves homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice.

That’s quite a record of demagoguery and stupidity.

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  • John Pieret

    But even he seems to realize that insanity as a political position has its limits, apologizing for the prison sex comment. Being cheered by a couple of hundred of mouthbreaters who have no better entertainment some Friday night may be an ego boost, but it ain’t gonna get you the bucks you need to make anything like a serious run for president.

  • colnago80

    The question before the assembly is: Is Carson to be likened to Louie Gohmert or Ted Cruz. I used to think that he was just a Ted Cruz wannabee but, after reading this stuff he has said, I am coming to the conclusion that he is a Louie Gohmert wannabee.

  • composer99

    Well, I bought the Ben Carson’s Greatest Hits album, and boy was I disappointed.

    Not a single catchy 60s-70s pop or rock song to be heart anywhere!

  • grumpyoldfart

    Don’t worry. The wise American people would never vote for anyone who tells lies and makes stuff up.

  • scienceavenger

    If you think Carson is stupid, get a load of his defenders.

  • Evan Brehm

    #scienceavenger Well, it’s Ben Shapiro, aka the Dullest Mind of a Generation.