Ben Carson had a reputation as a soft-spoken candidate, the polar opposite of Donald Trump. He should have been even more soft-spoken, to the point where nobody could hear him. Because now that he is talking, he can’t seem to stop saying gratuitously stupid things that even Republicans laugh at.
Bill O’Reilly has joined the chorus, calling Carson’s statements “dumb” and advising that “Carson and all the other political candidates should understand that any, any foolish statement they make will become a headline.”
Well, Bill should know.
Of course, Carson was just exposed as a liar for the second time in as many days, this most recent being a claim about being offered a full scholarship to West Point. A Ben Carson spokesman on Friday insisted Politico was telling an outright lie by saying it never happened. In fact, Carson’s campaign has been forced – in the face of incontrovertible facts – to admit Carson didn’t meet Westmoreland like he said he did and in fact, never even applied to West Point.
This was all too much for Bill O’Reilly, who has invented more than a few facts of his own.
Watch courtesy of Media Matters for America as Bill O’Reilly finally seems to realize why Republicans lost in 2012:
BILL O’REILLY: Scrutinizing Ben Carson, that is the subject of this evening’s talking points memo. Dr. Carson having some trouble. Today his campaign admitted that a story he told about being offered an appointment to West Point is not true. Also CNN reporting Dr. Carson’s biography, where he describes himself as an angry boy who was close to committing violent acts, may be suspect as well. Network trying to corroborate Carson’s story that at age 14, he tried to stab a boy related to him.
Now, Dr. Carson is smart to hit the controversy head on. When I was attacked earlier this year I did the same thing. Let the folks see and hear your side ,and then they will make their determination. Talking points has no idea about Ben Carson’s childhood. But, as a presidential candidate, it is proper for the press to vet what he has put out there. And now that the West Point thing has been established as false, the doctor is on the defensive. Add to that some dumb statements Ben Carson has made. Back in 1998 he said this about the Egyptian pyramids.
Now, Dr. Carson was speaking at a school associated with his religion, Seventh Day Adventists, a fundamental Christian church. The doctor is obviously no historian. The pyramids were built in honor of the dead Egyptian royalty, period. Carson and all the other political candidates should understand that any, any foolish statement they make will become a headline. Especially if they are Republican. And there is no statute of limitations on that. Whatever demeaning stuff the media can dig up, it will use. However, all the candidates do have an obligation to speak the truth. Period. Again.
Carson has been on a roll like no other Republican, even Trump. First he promises to not stab people, which is the most bizarre presidential campaign promise ever made, only to have it proven by CNN that he never tried to stab anybody before, which brought about an even more bizarre tableau: a candidate insisting yes he did try to stab people and even clobber his mother and why is the media lying about it, which lead directly to Donald Trump’s “vote for me, I never tried to hit my mother on the head with a hammer” moment.
As Donald Trump tweeted, the only thing wore than lying about all this is it actually being all true.
Of course, to this we can add the West Point story O’Reilly is talking about here, and a class Carson said he took at Yale that Yale says never existed. Carson’s book “Gifted Hands” should be re-titled “Lying Tongue.”
How did Republican hopes for 2016 devolve into an absolutely riotous Monty Python skit? Well, that’s a bigger problem than we can analyze here. Suffice it to say Carson and other Republicans – including O’Reilly – are reaping what they have sown.
Carson’s lies prompted ultimate GOP apologist Morning Joe Scarborough to tweet, “Ben Carson flat out lied.” If Morning Joe calls you out, you’ve got problems.
And all they can do now is whine. Look at Carson’s reaction to being caught out in his lies. It’s just more lies to add to the lies he’s already told:
“My prediction is that all you guys trying to pile on is actually going to help me.” Oh dear. His supporters, he insisted, “understand that this is a witch-hunt.”
More of a fact-check-o-rama in response to your spin-o-rama, you pathological liar. It’s Newton’s Third Law being acted out for all the world to see.
“I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama,” Carson whined.
Seriously? When has this level of scrutiny for Obama ceased for even one second in the seven years of his presidency? Just the other day Morning Joe tweeted that Obama was the “Manti T’eo of American politics.”
You’re the tough guy who is going to take on Vladimir Putin head on?
Right. Sarah Palin can see Vladimir clapping his hands in glee from Alaska.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.