In his angry press conference with reporters on Friday, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson demanded to know why they cared about his non-existent application and scholarship to West Point when they were ignoring President Obama’s supposedly “sealed” records from college. In an interview for Meet the Press Sunday, NBC’s Chris Jansing asked Carson, “I’d love to see your college records, would you like to release them?”
Carson said they should ask only if he were intentionally hiding records like he believes President Obama is doing. That’s a no to Carson releasing his college records.
So count Dr. Carson in as another fool who believes the things the right wing media tells him. Believes them enough to repeat them to mainstream media reporters, not realizing what a fool he is going to look like.
Flashback to 2014: Ben Carson defended birtherism on Alan Colmes’ Fox News radio show in May of 2014, and said if Obama didn’t want people to be suspicious of him, he should release all of his records. Carson called having past records exposed “reasonable” if someone is running for office. Yes, this is the same Carson that is now claiming no other candidate has ever been vetted like he is being vetted.
On the show, Carson suggested that if President Obama didn’t want people to think he was a secret Muslim, he should reveal all of his records, even after being told Obama had released both versions of his birth certificate.
Asked if there was “soft bigotry” against Obama, Carson blamed the President. “The best way to put that to rest is to expose everything — including your academic records… let us know, when you applied to Columbia, from where were you applying? Let’s have some –”
“Wasn’t it Occidental?” Colmes interrupted with some reality, pointing out, “He’s released both versions of a birth certificate.” (Occidental is in Los Angeles, which in spite of the desires of conservatives, is still a part of the USA.)
But Carson wasn’t having any of that. Carson pushed on, saying people who are running for public office should expect to be vetted like that, “Don’t you think it is reasonable for people who are seeking public office … to allow people to see what they are getting and to expose their past records.”
Asked if Carson has any questions about whether Obama was born here, Carson said, “I do have questions about where he applied from…” But when pushed, said he “accepts” that the President was born in Hawaii.
Colmes asked Carson about the possible racial motivations for such distrust of the President, “The birther movement, questioning whether a President was even born here, saying he’s really a Kenyan, and really an African, and he’s not even a Christian, he’s really a Muslim. A white President never had to go through that.”
“I don’t think it’s racially motivated,” Carson said in his slow manner. “I do think people want to know because, be objective, you have somebody, his name is Barack Hussein Obama. The secrecy about some of his records. There is something that’s been written in the past, which I’m sure you’re familiar with that says he was born somewhere else.”
Colmes asked again, “Do you believe that?”
Carson, dodging carefully around right wing belief systems that can’t be disrupted by the truth, “I don’t believe that’s true, but what I’m saying is that there is reason some people might be suspicious, but I’m not one of them.”
Here’s a clip of the Fox News Alan Colmes’ radio show:
Apparently Dr. Carson is another conservative who can’t use Google to find that actually, President Obama’s college records are NOT SEALED. Factcheck had to debunk this baloney so many times they seem irritated by it:
Q: Are Obama’s early records “sealed”?
A: No. Many records that presidential candidates don’t ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not “sealed” by a court.
In fact, some of the records conservatives claim are “sealed” are actually public, and apparently Dr. Carson, who is running for President, is unaware of this fact and instead gets his information from the many conspiracy artists who are making a killing off of gullible and angry conservatives. More from Factcheck on the “sealed” college records that are oh so secretive:
So as with earlier versions, this is little more than an attempt to raise suspicions by asking for records that aren’t ordinarily made public, without any evidence that those records contain anything derogatory.
Ben Carson thought it was “reasonable” to keep asking about a right wing conspiracy that all reality had long debunked, but it is not reasonable to ask him why he claimed he was offered admission and a scholarship to West Point when he was not. Carson will not be releasing his college records, and how dare you ask.
Now imagine if the liberal media kept on Carson for seven years about his “sealed” records. Oh, I kid, the media is way too busy with actual discrepancies in the Doctor’s past to bother making things up.
Update 9:15 PM: Replaced video with original source thanks to Alan Colmes.
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