Ben Carson Godwins His Own Godwin

Ben Carson Godwins His Own Godwin December 6, 2014

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 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.”

Yeah, Wolf! And you know who else missed the point? HITLER! Seriously, how does someone make a statement that fucking stupid with a straight face? “You’re just focusing on the words I said, not what I said.” Uh, Ben — the words ARE what you said. And what you’ve said, again and again, is that entirely innocuous actions taken by the government are like Nazi Germany. And that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to the country since slavery. That is, in fact, what you fucking said. You don’t get to say those things and them complain that people listened to what you said and pointed out that it was fucking stupid.

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.”

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    The government is using instruments of government?!? That’s commiefascistyrannazism!

  • hunter

    Wasn’t it Newt Gingrich who said words to the effect that “Whoever quotes me directly is engaging in hate speech”?

    That seems to have become the default for right-wing blowhards.

  • cptdoom

    “…people are afraid to say what they actually believe,” says the man being interviewed on a national news program. The irony, it burns.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Between the concussion-inducing headdesking, the skin grafts needed because of burning irony, and the shrapnel wounds from exploding irony meters… man, we are fucked.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Also, just when you thought that Godwin thing had become a threadbare cliché, leave it to Amerika’s frightwing to bring the meta.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne


    The quote I’m familiar with is “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood:, which is not quite the same thing.

  • daved

    “…people are afraid to say what they actually believe,” says the man being interviewed on a national news program. The irony, it burns.

    To be fair, he didn’t actually believe that.

  • 930i7

    Does that also mean it’s worse than 40 million abortions?

  • busterggi

    Please run Ben, I want to watch you in the debates.

  • John Pieret

    You are just focusing on the words ‘Nazi Germany’ and completely missing the point of what is being said

    Because the point of what is being said has, apparently, nothing to do with the words used.

    Language … how the fuck does it work?

  • You people are focusing on what he said and not what he meant. What he meant was that your version of America and the programs that Democrats enact are equivalent to Nazi Germany and slavery.

    There. Don’t you feel embarrassed now?

  • I was forced to listen to Dr. as a member of the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) conference in Baltimore, MD in 2010. He was a good speaker but he managed to insert Gawd bothering in at least several sentences. At the time? I recall thinking that If I or any of my loved ones were soon to undergo brain surgery? An attempt to locate and seek approval of a heavenly imaginary friend would make me very afraid, and want to run away, and to find a surgical team grounded in education and experience.

  • Charles Don Hall

    I don’t see why he can’t just say; “I was using hyperbole, a well-known literary device. My audience demands lots and lots of hyperbole. You should be more sensitive to their culture!”

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Ben Carson doesn’t pay any attention to what Ben Carson says, so why should Wolf Blitzer?

  • Lofty

    Ben Carson uses words to communicate directly with the part of the brain that processes fear. The exact word order doesn’t count.

  • tubi

    And that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to the country since slavery.

    I would dearly love for someone to take Dr Carson up on this statement. Offer him a hypothetical. Given his expressed belief as noted above, if Obamacare were repealed tomorrow in its entirety, on the condition that slavery is legal in all fifty states, would Dr Carson prefer to be a house nigger or a field nigger?

    I’ve been tempted to post that on Facebook, but I can’t be sure everyone who reads it would understand. I’m hoping this audience will.