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.