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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Roundup: Vetting Ben Carson

The media investigation of Ben Carson’s autobiographical claims was the big talk of the late night shows — with the amazing development of a candidate for president insisting that he really did try to stab someone.

Trevor Noah challenged Carson’s assertion that the media never vetted President Obama back in 2008 — by showing a whole montage of media questioning just about everything about Obama’s background: “Yeah, so they vetted Obama to the point where they questioned that he was a legitimate natural-born American citizen — but at least no one ever accused Obama of not stabbing a guy.”

Seth Meyers took a somewhat serious tack, by focusing on all the ludicrous things Carson actually says: “Implying that gun control helped lead to the Holocaust, or comparing Obamacare to slavery, are much worse than if a few self-aggrandizing fibs. And those are the kinds of irresponsible statements we should be focusing on — that, or we could focus on this real painting of Ben Carson and Jesus, that according to The Guardian newspaper actually hangs in Ben Carson’s home.”

Jimmy Kimmel talked about that painting (and others) in Carson’s home/shrine to himself: “If Donald Trump had a painting like this, we’d set him on fire.”

Stephen Colbert chimed in on these supposed childhood friends of Carson who didn’t think he would’ve stabbed someone: “Some childhood friends — I can’t believe they would stab him in the back about whether he tried to stab them in the front.”

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