Fox News Host Tells Tea Party Darling Ben Carson That He’s Not Going To Be President

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During the most recent broadcast of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace spoke to neurosurgeon Ben Carson about Carson’s possible Presidential run in 2016. Wallace had to break it to Carson that he really doesn’t have any shot at winning in 2016. Wallace also highlighted Carson’s complete lack of experience in the political world as a huge negative if he were to go through with a White House run in 2016. He basically pointed out that those on the right who complained about Barack Obama’s relative lack of experience prior to his first POTUS term.

Below is from the transcript, courtesy of Fox News Sunday (emphasis mine):

WALLACE: You are thinking about running for president in 2016. And I want to talk to you about that in a moment, but it has brought attention back to some of your comments as it does to any candidate potentially running for president. You said recently that you thought that there might not actually be elections in 2016 because of widespread anarchy. Do you really believe that?

CARSON: Well, I hope that that’s not going to be the case, but certainly there is the potential. Because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt. A very unstable financial foundation. And you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way, and in a logical way, there is no telling what could happen in just a matter of a couple of years. And particularly in a situation where we have a Senate and a Senate leader who has over 300 bills sitting on his desk will not bring them to the floor for a vote, thereby thwarting the will of the people. And this country was supposed to be a country where the government conformed to the will of the people, not the people conform to the will of the government.

WALLACE: Let me pick up on that. Because — and talk specifically about a candidacy. You say, and this is your quote, “The likelihood is strong” that you will run for president in 2016. Do you really want to spend the next two years begging people for money, shaking hands, eating a lot of bad meals, when I think you would agree at best you are a distinct long shot?

CARSON: Well, let me put it this way. It would be much more pleasant to put my feet up, to relax. You know, I’ve made plenty of money, I can live a very comfortable life, and that would be my preference. However, given the state of our nation, looking at what’s going on, and understanding that sometimes we’re called to do things that we don’t want to do because we have to do them, and we look at the future of our children, our grandchildren, all the people who come behind us, if we all run for the hills, if we all run for the most comfortable place and just allow whatever to happen happen, then we get what we deserve.

First off, did Carson really say that he thinks we are going to devolve into a state of anarchy before the next general election? Seriously? Sigh.

Poor Ben Carson. He had so much smoke blown up his butt by Fox News and the right-wing media that he honestly began to think that he was a legitimate 2016 candidate. Every appearance on Hannity or The O’Reilly Factor or Fox and Friends emboldened Carson to push forward with his Quixotic quest towards the White House. Did the Fox News contributor really think making Nazi analogies, comparing the ACA to slavery and spewing anti-gay rhetoric was going to pave an easy path to the presidency? Sure, agreeing with old white guys that Beyonce and rap are the major problems facing the black community might appeal to the bigoted core of Fox’s audience, but that doesn’t play so well when you are trying to win a national general election.

Of course, since Carson has been put up on a pedestal by the conservative media, he doesn’t think he is a long shot. He also doesn’t think his lack of political experience should be held against him. In fact, he believes it is a positive.

WALLACE: I have about a minute left. I’m going to be transparent here. You and I are friends, I have great regard for you, and we’ve had this question I’m about to ask you we’ve talked about in private, but after looking at Barack Obama, and what’s happened with his lack of political experience over this last six years, wouldn’t putting Ben Carson in the Oval Office be akin to putting a politician in an operating room and having him perform one of your brain surgeries?

CARSON: I don’t think so. I think what is required for leadership is wisdom and the ability to assemble an appropriate team, ability to listen and an ability to make wise decisions. And we also have to recognize what I said a little bit earlier. Our system was designed by our founders, with the people in mind, and with the will of the people in mind. Not with the will of the government. If you want the will of the government, yes, you need people who spend their whole lives in politics, and they are people who are much more likely to be able to impose the will of the government, but I don’t think that that’s what we need. And Jefferson said when things got so bad the people would actually make a correction. I think it’s time to make that correction now.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that someone who believes government is the enemy thinks that what the people need now is someone with absolutely no legislative, judicial or executive experience to run this country. However, while there is an obvious anti-government vein running through the Republican Party, the American people at large aren’t going to jump to elevate someone whose lack of experience and political knowledge rivals that of Donald Trump and Herman Cain. In fact, even Republicans are going to be wary to go down that road again.


50 Replies to “Fox News Host Tells Tea Party Darling Ben Carson That He’s Not Going To Be President”

  1. Doctor Carson, What’s the difference between you and God?

    God doesn’t think he’s a doctor (or qualified to be president).

  2. He keeps saying the people, yet he is a tea bag who has no regard for the people at all. if he did have any, he would be a longer then long shot

  3. We have so many people in congress who never took a civics class writing bills that might as well be with crayons, why would we elevate this person with no political or government experience to an even higher position of responsibility?

  4. So many narrow-minded, egotistical and accomplished people, from one area of expertise, thinking that they can just switch gears and take on the world’s most difficult problems, using the ‘logic’ that works in singular fields where they actually created their successes, places where they had many of the processes totally under their control.


  5. Carson may be a doctor with brains, but when it comes to common sense he’s a real idiot. He doesn’t even realize that he is being played by FOX. They are using him to cover up their racist, bigoted attitudes. Wallace told you the truth, however it has nothing to do with inexperience, only skin complexion. It’s a damn shame you sold your soul to the devil.

  6. Disagree with Carson all you want but it’s quite a stretch to call the man an “idiot”.
    A renowned surgeon who rose from poverty to head pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins probably has a bit of *smarts*, don’t you think?
    Now… an inspiring personal story and an impressive resume more than likely won’t be enough to convince many on the right to offer the doctor their support/vote,
    but…who knows…stranger things have happened.

  7. You are assuming that conservatives look at such stuff. All they want to know is what time does he go to church

  8. “Beware of those Negroes who receive as gifts master’s old shoes and coats, they cannot be trusted”
    Nat Turner,

  9. Shiva at 10:42 pm

    All they want to know is what time does he go to church

    I don’t believe that.
    One of the very first criticisms coming from Republicans about Pres. Obama was his lack of experience/qualifications for the job. I would expect the majority will say the same about Carson. Imo, most conservatives favor governors as a presidential candidate.

    djchefron at 10:45 pm

    he is a good house negro

    Terrible thing to say.

    Conservative black men and women, who worked hard and made something of themselves, many who came from nothing and are now something, and that’s all you can say about them?
    Why such hateful treatment of the man?

  10. Obama

    four years in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois.
    state senator in Illinois for eight years.

    senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School during that time.

    teaching two or three classes in the fall and winter terms — usually Constitutional Law III: Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process; Voting Rights and the Democratic Process; and Current Issues in Racism and the Law.

    worked for a year as a financial analyst;

    three years as a community organizer in Chicago before going to Harvard Law School.

    And Carson?

  11. Like I said…impressive.

    But it probably won’t translate to votes.

    four years in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois.

    A junior senator who spent almost two of those years out on the campaign trail running for president.
    That qualifies him to be president about as much as being a Pop Warner football coach qualifies me to be the Head Coach of the New England Patriots.

  12. Here’s my take on Carson: Although he has risen to the height of his profession, he’s looking for validation of himself as a valuable individual. He thinks he’s found it in the GOPTP because he’s suddenly getting a lot of attention, making speeches, appearing on Fox, and doing book tours. In his mind, these things provide validation that he is a worthy individual. Imo, he’s searching in the wrong place. Being puffed up and lauded by vile individuals who would snatch the milk bottle out of a baby’s mouth isn’t a group one should seek validation from. Carson has the potential, and the money, to do good by helping the less fortunate, which is where I believe he would get his blessings from God. He’s so entranced by his new-found celebrity that he’s willing to do/say anything for it to continue. He may not realize it, but it would only take him saying one thing his admirers don’t like, and he’d be like yesterday’s newspaper–of use only to line a bird cage.

  13. Every one is not stating the obivious. Fox, Republicans, Teaba
    ggers and whoever else is on the list of Obama haters because he is black are not going to help him become presidents. Does he really think they are going to trade one African American for another. He has totally been brain washed!

  14. He may be a doctor and risen from poverty. So did I. But I don’t run around lying on FOX to those less fortunate..while he’s wealthy!. He helps the RW push their agenda..he’s protecting his wealth. From the no tax the rish GOP. He’s a racist against his own people! Have you heard him and the other african Americans on FOX? They did not sympathize with the young man Brown in Ferguson. It was shocking and disgusting to listen to these wealthy blacks -too good for their lower income brothers and sisters. The republican party is the one killing the AA young men with SYG. When have you ever heard the GOP come in defense of ANY young black killed for nothing by white cops? NEVER! They do not care and make no bones about it. And yet they find AA’s to go on FOX TO LIE and condemn AA’s!!! Fricken incredible. Where do they find these hateful racist AA?? Actually they have hatefull Mexicans againts latinos! They find them. How? I dont’ know. FOX IS POWERFUL WITH INFLUENCING HATE AND BIGOTR…

  15. Shiva at 12:02 am
    Far better then pop warner or Carson
    If you say so.

    But there are numerous black conservatives that are all-without question- routinely vilified, and it’s a little baffling.
    Alan Keyes , Herman Cain, Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, and now Dr Ben Carson; where’s their support from the black community?
    It’s one thing to disagree with all of them on policy, but it’s quite another to be viciously attacked and labeled a “house Negro” just for having thoughts of their own.

  16. If they want support from the black population, then they should leave the republican party. None of them represent anything that the black population is interested in.

  17. Damn Zebra. Don’t believeve it? Just ask George. Wheeeeezy can answere too. As far as FOX and Ben? Has anybody seen my Raid?

  18. If they want support from the black population, then they should leave the republican party.

    Well, obviously having the approval of the black population isn’t their first priority. If you ask me, coming out as a black conservative these days takes more courage than coming out as gay.
    They’re going to get hammered mercilessly and they know it.

    None of them represent anything that the black population is interested in.
    Fine by me, but it’s more than the black population not being “interested” in what these political figures represent.
    They go after the black conservative with a frenzied assault of derogatory and malicious insults, and any black conservative that rises in prominence is called the *token* just because they have their own opinion and don’t serve the Democratic party.
    In all honesty, I don’t quite get it.

  19. Carson is smart, and by all accounts a brilliant neurosurgeon – but apparently not smart enough to perceive that he is being used by the Rethuglican Party. What I mean by this is that he has ZERO chance of surviving the primary process in 2016. The GOTP will never in the foreseeable future nominate anyone but a white Christian male. ANY candidate of color, and any female candidate for that matter, will come only from the Democratic or Independent Party.

  20. What the FUX News idiot was really telling Carson “He boy, don’t you know you are black and us white folk don’t like yo-kind”

  21. One very important distinction that Carson fails to grasp is the difference between micro and macro economics: running a corporation and running the nation with the largest economy in the world.

    A CEO’s sole obligation is to increase the corporation’s bottom line which means every decision is based on the best way to do that.

    In contrast, a President is charged with making decisions based on what is in the best interests of the population at-large and the economy overall. It is called governing. Profit margins are not part of the equation.

    Carson is woefully unprepared & unqualified and does not even know it!

  22. “Alan Keyes , Herman Cain, Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, and now Dr Ben Carson; where’s their support from the black community?”

    While Condoleeza Rice does get support from the black community, mainly because she is an intelligent responsible individual. I don’t often agree with her politics, but I definitely respect her as a person. The others you list here are vilified not because they are conservatives, but because they spew the most vile nonsense out of their mouths, or are just not very good, respectable people in general. Their actions and words deserve the disrespect from the community in general that they deserve.

  23. He’s an idiot politically. I believe that’s his point. You just don’t show up and become a surgeon as he has done. You just don’t show up and become President of the United States. That kind of thinking leads to Vice Presidential selections like Sarah Palin and Admiral Stockdale with Ross Perot (“Who am I? Why am I here?”) Perot wasn’t qualified to be President either. Donald Trump? Please.

  24. Political experience of the pass got us in this mess in the first place. Bush and his criminals proved that point. As far as this gentleman, one don’t want to get into that Black on Black hating. Especially when looking at his excellent surgical career. Only thing that one can say about his wishes and dreams to be POTUS.. “keep dreaming”. Nothing is wrong with that. The fact still remains is there is no truth to all dreams comes true, especially when they are forwarded by delusional racist people.

  25. Chris Wallace tried to compare Ben Carson with President Obama in regards to his lack of political experience. Let’s see, Barack Obama was a senator from Illinois and elected president twice. He has had considerbly more political experience than Ben Carson. So I take Chris Wallace’s comparison to the president with regards to politcal experience as a euphamism for being black.

    I am also of the opinion that the republican’s failure to win the Whitehouse in 2012 and out right obstructionism to the detriment of the people of this country is their idea of retribution on the american people for electing a black man into the Whitehouse twice.

    Unfortunately the republicans’ message is strong. So strong, that the minority constituents of the republican party are blind to their bigotry and hatred. I think Chris Wallace made that obvious. I hope for his sake, Ben Carson was able to pick up on that.

  26. It’s a shame when you can name black conservatives on one hand….WTH?

    Obviously you are a bit naive lecturing folks on your so-called black conservative leaders my friend. Ben Carson yes rose from poverty to riches….and how do you suppose that happened?? Ben Carson benefited from Affirmative Action, just like your hero Clarence Thomas as well as sitting senator Tim Scott. I find it humorous but yet sad that the very assistance these men received now boasts how they made it on their own and now these programs should be eliminated. Why is that? Here in Charleston, SC I attend the same church as Tim Scott’s mother and I can promise you having many conversations with her she doesn’t agree with her son’s choice of political affiliation. She has stated numerous times with the congregation she loves her son dearly but doesn’t love what her son’s party stands for. Just recently she maintained she is a card carrying Democrat and loves the POTUS! Hmmm momma does knows best!

  27. Yes Charles we all know about Ben’s medical credentials BUT ol’ Ben is still an IDIOT! This man contends that it is the Democratic party and Liberals who are like the Nazi’s even though he has been schooled on it time and time again. I even sent him the FACTS and historical documents and he still believes in the conservative re-writing of history. I’ll bet that had to hurt when a Fox News pol gave him a dose of reality! And Ben yes I think you should shut the Frak up and in the words of Steve Miller…”take the money and run”..far far away from politics.

  28. Problem is that not only the Republicans want a good House Negro. The Left turned out in 2008. thinking they had one – and when that turned out not to be true, they punished him by handing the House over to the GOP.

    Now waaaay too many on the Left spend all kinds of time bitching about what they think he should have done, what they think he’s doing wrong and what they think he should be doing – in effect passing ammunition to the GOP. If the results are negative, they can blame the President. If they’re positive, they’ll be climbing over each other to claim credit.


  29. To charlie:

    “If you ask me, coming out as a black conservative these days takes more courage than coming out as gay.”

    When a someone is tied to a fence and stoned to death for coming out as a black conservative, THEN you can equate his/her “courage” to that of someone coming out as gay.

    Do NOT even think that the two are the same.

  30. People have to learn the difference between somebody who is highly educated but life stupid with somebody else who is highly educated and wise.

    Ben Carson has the education but he is a sell out and is life stupid. If he truly believes that the Democrats are akin to the nazis he truly is stupid.

    Trust me as somebody who has currently making a study of the Holocaust, he is life stupid.

    Even before the Nazis ethnically cleansed the Jews and the Roma, they first went after the leftists, unionists, gays and Bolsheviks.

    The Nazi coup was a corporatist, right wing, religiously sanctioned coup.

  31. He is being used as a tool by folks who couldn’t care less about him. They take glee when he disrespects the president in a way they wish they could publicly, as opposed to respectful disagreement with policies. While Wallace was right that Carson doesn’t have a shot at the presidency, he messed up by saying that President Obama was as lacking in political experience as Ben Carson is. That is a red herring that needs to be permanently put to rest, especially when it’s bandied about by a party that wanted to give us an irresponsible hot-head partnered with an airhead in 2008. That same party wanted to saddle us with a soulless, clueless creep who knew almost nothing about the country he wanted to be elected president of–along with a liar who wants to dismantle social programs he benefited from in 2012.

  32. My suggestion to Ben Carson—#1. STAY OUT OF POLITICS! Stick to Medicine. Yeah we know that there are a few MD’s in politics right now—Maybe they are Politicos at heart, you are a Medico at heart. (Saw your resume….wheew!) #2. You are going to regret having “Trash talked” Obama and Black people. Only Black Republicans will be in your corner, having “your back” so to speak. #3. As far as running for President? Fuggeda ’bout it! brotha. The odds are 1,000,000,000 to 1 of that ever happening. One you will not get black support, you aint gonna get it, period. Two, White support will be at best 1/2 of 1% who will even THINK about voting for you. Three, you don’t have the presidential look. See Herman Cain, for instance. So Dr. Carson. Sit this one out, and stay put at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland. Ok? Good. Oh, keep away from FOX too.

  33. Here’s the rundown on this hypocrite, republican/Pee Party darling:
    Ben Carson,

    Raised by a single mother in public housing.
    Fed with food stamps, supported by Welfare.
    Kept healthy with medicaid.
    Received eyeglasses from medicaid, and from state agency.
    Benefited from Affirmative Action to enter undergrad school.
    Used federal loans and Pell grants for undergrad school.
    Benefited from Affirmative Action to enter medical school.
    Medical school paid for with grants from USPHS.

    Carson has said:
    “Te disintegration of the family unit and the welfare state are enslaving African Americans and ruining their future”.

  34. Charlie…you do realize that there is no need to type in the time that someone posted a comment don’t you? Or perhaps you’re attempting to look observant or just pedantic, who knows. If you look at the screen you will notice the EXACT time a comment was posted, or do you not trust the time tag because it may be “liberal time” perhaps? Get over your self Charlie.

  35. Lots of responses I see.
    Since I’m late getting back to the thread, I’ll keep it brief.

    The others you list here are vilified not because they are conservatives, but because they spew the most vile nonsense out of their mouths
    I don’t hear any of these black conservatives directing racial slurs at minorities the way racial slurs are so easily hurled at them.
    “Vile nonsense” indeed.

    When a someone is tied to a fence and stoned to death for coming out as a black conservative, THEN you can equate his/her “courage” to that of someone coming out as gay.
    You’re pointing to a hate crime that happened 16 years ago as proof of the norm?

    He’s an idiot politically.
    A POTUS run can be used as a marketing tool, catapult Carson to a Cabinet post or launch a successful FUTURE political career. We’ll have to wait and see.

  36. Scott

    I find it humorous but yet sad that the very assistance these men received now boasts how they made it on their own and now these programs should be eliminated. Why is that?
    I believe Carson readily admits being helped by AA. And his position I believe is to alter AA so it is not solely based on race, not to eliminate it. You are misstating his thoughts on the subject. Why is that? And why are we chatting about Frances? Lovely woman I’m sure and no doubt a good mother. She seems to have taught her son to think for himself, no?

  37. Joseph P. Uhl at 9:55 am

    You again? The one who asked me not to insult him but continues to antagonize?
    The one who thinks it would be justified to assault a woman with a different political POV?

  38. Affirmative Action is not based on race if it was based on race why is it that white women benefits the most?
    Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone

    Their successes make the case not for abandoning affirmative action but for continuing it

    That’s that dog whistle you love to hear and since you have Clayton Bigsby saying it, it just justifies your biases.

  39. djchefron at 10:38 am

    I can’t speak about Carson’s position on AA with complete clarity, but I do know he hasn’t suggested eliminating it. I recall hearing/reading (somewhere) his pov presented with respect to college admissions and how the white kid who overcame an unfortunate home life with an incarcerated father and an alcoholic mother should be given special consideration more so than the black student who was given every advantage by two successful parents. That’s all I meant to convey. Apologies offered for insinuating any more than that.
    You get the last word…too d@mn busy around here. Didn’t get to sit down and read last night until midnight. Midterms in 6 weeks, Bibi at the UN yesterday, beheading in OK…that reminds me, isn’t that your home state? Got a scoop to offer from inside local news?

    Hope you’re doing well. See ya later maybe.

  40. Charles..sigh..face/palm I was not insulting you I was informing you and asking why you must post the time of other peoples comments when it is not necessary. You are wasting digital space not only with the your own time stamp but with your lame comments as well,<see charles that is an insult. AND NO I did not justify assault based on political affiliation. Joni Ernst is worthy of scorn, she advocates violence herself. Charles, what "antagonizes" you is reality.

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