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Sunday, November 19, 2017

3. Ben Carson

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Dr. Ben Carson, the world-renowned neurosurgeon-turned-right-wing sideshow, earned a good deal of criticism in October when he asserted that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

Apparently concerned that his analogy wasn’t offensive enough, Carson elaborated on Obamacare’s evils in a recent sitdown with The Daily Beast.

“You said Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery. Why do you think it was worse than 9/11?” interviewer Evan Gahr asked Carson.

“Because 9/11 is an isolated incident,” he replied.

The exchange continued — with interruptions from Dr. Carson’s business manager, right-wing radio host Armstrong Williams:

Me: “Who do you think caused families more pain—Obamacare or Osama bin Laden?”

Carson: “Let me explain.”

Williams: “Let him answer the question!”

Carson: “Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United States of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift.”

Me: “Right. But what do you think caused specific families more pain—Obamacare or Osama?”

Carson: “You have to take a long term.”

Me: “You’re not answering the question.”

Carson: “Will you listen? You have to take a long-term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America. You have to be someone who reads. Who is well read. I want you to go back tonight and pull out what Saul Alinsky says about health care under the control of the government.”

Saul Alinsky aside, it’s worth noting that the September 11th attacks directly killed about 3,000 people. Health care reform? Not so much.

If you’re a fan of Carson’s craziness, then you will enjoy the coming months; it’s becoming increasingly apparent that his next act will be running for president — to the right of Ted Cruz.

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