Much like his Republican opponent Jeb Bush, Ben Carson would rather be doing something else other than running for president. But sacrifices must be made. You’re welcome.
In an NBC Meet the Press interview with Chris Jansing, the Republican presidential candidate announced that he would rather be doing something else. This is not fun for Carson, but he is doing it because it’s the least he can do for our freedoms.
“Would I have preferred to be doing something else? Certainly,” he said. “But it is important to me. And when I think about the sacrifices that were made by those who preceded us in order that we might have the freedom that we have now, it’s the very least that I can do.”
Watch the entire interview here via NBC:
Carson continued to complain about the media for trying to vet him after NBC also talked to four people who knew him in grade school and failed to find one person to corroborate the stories he told in his books about his pathological temper and subsequent redemption. CNN and NBC both tried and failed to find one person who saw Ben Carson’s temper in his youth, a redemption story that is central to his popularity with the Republican evangelical base.
Carson proudly attributed the media’s bias to firing up his supporters, saying it’s almost an “us versus them thing”, which is actually nothing new for politicians and especially Republicans who are usually able to successfully blame the media for their own failings.
The top polling Republican candidate wouldn’t confirm that it was now his brother whom he attacked, and said his brother wouldn’t be discussing the alleged violent episodes Carson referred to in his book, in which he says he referred to attacking a friend whom he a few days ago claimed was actually his brother (this was not noted in his book, contrary to normal procedure).
“My brother’s not interested in talking to the media,” Carson said. “And a number of other people aren’t either, that I’ve talked to.”
Dr. Carson hasn’t been able to prove that he almost took a hammer to his mother or tried to stab a friend as he claimed.
There is no evidence that Carson was offered admission to West Point as he has claimed many times. The dinner he claimed this offer came after did not happen when he said it did, and there is no evidence it happened at all right now. When confronted with this, Carson said this episode took place but he might have gotten the timing wrong.
When asked why no one remembers him playing the role of rescuing white students in a riot as he claimed or why the Wall Street Journal couldn’t find any evidence that the Yale story about being called the “Most Honest” student he told was accurate, Carson complained about that no one vetted President Obama and his college records are sealed.
NBC’s Chris Jansing came right back, “I’d love to see your college records, would you like to release them?”
Carson dodged this offer, and tossed back a ball saying they should ask only if he were intentionally hiding records like he believes President Obama is doing. So that’s a no to unsealing his records at this time. But later when asked what he thinks is fair game regarding vetting, he mentioned things like criminal activity, which doesn’t support his ongoing obsession with President Obama’s college transcripts.
Carson feels he is being unfairly vetted because he is a threat to “secular progressive movement in this country.” So Carson thinks he’s being unfairly vetted because of his religious beliefs, that’s the underlying message. He’s bordering on the same grandiose martyrdom we see in Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, “I’m a very big threat because they can look at the polling data and they can see that I’m the candidate who’s most likely to be able to beat Hillary Clinton. They see that.”
Jansing asked if this was fun for him, and Carson replied, “Would I have preferred to be doing something else? Certainly. But it is important to me. And when I think about the sacrifices that were made by those who preceded us in order that we might have the freedom that we have now, it’s the very least that I can do.”
Carson is going through all of this for our freedoms. He’s a martyr already in his own mind.
Image: screen cap NBC Meet the Press interview
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