Carson: Obama is a ‘Psychopath’

Ben Carson continues to pander to the right wing fever swamps with a zeal that belies his soft-spoken demeanor. GQ did a profile of the Republican presidential contender that includes this very telling anecdote about an exchange he had with his “business manager” Armstrong Williams.

On the night earlier this year that Barack Obama stepped before the nation to deliver his sixth State of the Union address, Ben Carson—a political newcomer who harbors dreams of soon giving his first—settled into a sofa just a few blocks away. He was eager to hate everything the president was about to say.

Carson had come to the Capitol Hill home of Armstrong Williams, a conservative media impresario who officially serves as Carson’s business manager and who lately has functioned as Carson’s unofficial image-maker and political adviser as well. As the two men turned to the TV, they began dissecting Obama’s performance.

“He looks good,” Williams said. “He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”

“Like most psychopaths,” Carson grumbled. “That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”

For those unfamiliar with the mood of America’s far right, casually branding the president a psychopath is exactly the sort of talk that strikes a chord—and just the thing that has made Carson a sensation in the GOP.

He’s also repeatedly compared Obama to Hitler and said that the Affordable Care Act was the worst thing to happen to America since slavery, a rather staggering claim for a black man to make. When you see him in interviews, he comes across as this rather soft-spoken guy affecting a pose as the model of calm and reason. But the fact is that he’s at least as much of a political bomb-thrower as Ted Cruz or Rush Limbaugh.

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  • grumpyoldfart

    But the fact is that he’s at least as much of a political bomb-thrower as Ted Cruz or Rush Limbaugh.

    So he’s in with a chance.

  • scienceavenger

    So far the only reasonable thing I’ve seen Carson say was his support of vaccines. Other than that, I’d suggest he not toss aronud the “psychopath” label too freely, lest it come home to roost.

  • karmacat

    Carson is successful and he dresses well. So, according to him, he is also a psychopath

  • caseloweraz

    I have to wonder how that “psychopath” quote is known to be accurate. Carson was in a private home with his “minder,” correct? Did they forget the microphone was on?

    Maybe the source is identified on page 3 of GQ’s profile. I’ve only read page 1 so far.

  • caseloweraz

    OK, I’m assuming that Jason Zengerle was with Carson in Williams’s house during the SOTU broadcast. But he never states this in the article, nor are there any sources given.

    I could send Zengerle a tweet if I decide to use Twitter — but that’s not likely.

  • cry4turtles

    Guess he’s never heard of the “takes one to know one” analogy.

  • Die Anyway

    Well, if “any” publicity is “good” publicity then Dr. Ben has done himself a world of good. I Googled “Ben Carson psychopath” and the first 13 pages were about this incident. If nothing else, a lot of people know about it now.

  • footface

    So, Obama’s a psychopath because… he wears a white shirt?

    Seems legit.

  • Marcus Ranum

    Because Hitler was so so elegant?

  • Marcus Ranum


    – looks down at his shirt. Oh, shit.

  • cptdoom

    So, Dr. Carson, when did you get your board certification in psychiatry? And how did you learn to diagnose people you’ve never met? Why do you think you deserve a medical license again?

  • lorn

    According to the GOP Obama is, variously: a communist, Muslim, socialist, Nazi, America hater, terrorist sympathizer … and now, according to Carson, a psychopath. All of them are euphemistic ways of saying the same thing:

  • Ysidro

    Wait, he actually said Obama “looks clean”? Isn’t that code for “black man acting white?” In other words, he doesn’t look like a ……