As the Senate hearings on President-elect Donald Trump’s HUD Secretary nominee Ben Carson begin, here are 5 ridiculous things the former presidential nominee believes.
1. College campuses should be monitored for liberal speech.
In October of 2015, Ben Carson made an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio show and rallied for the censorship of “extreme political bias” on college campuses. Specifically, Carson said that the Department of Education should “monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme liberal political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”
The following day, Carson clarified his statements on Beck’s program. On a complete different conservative radio show, Dana Loesch asked Carson if “the pendulum would swing the other way and we would see sort of like monitoring of political speech for conservatives.” Carson responded by saying, “I think we would have to put in very strict guidelines for the way that that was done.”
2. Obama purposefully depressed the economy in order to keep people on social welfare programs.
In 2014, Carson appeared on The View, where he claimed that Americans have become reliant on welfare programs. He later took to Fox News in order to elaborate on his claims. When prompted by Fox host Megyn Kelly, who asked “Do you think that people who are on welfare want to be on welfare?” Carson explained,
“I think some people have that as a way of life… perhaps some of the things that are going on right now which could be easily remedied are not being remedied in order to keep the economy depressed because there would be no appetite for many of the social programs if people were doing well.”
3. Jews could’ve prevented the Holocaust from happening… with guns.
In an interview with CNN, Mr. Carson blamed Nazis removing guns from Jewish people for the Holocaust.
“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed… There’s a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
In order to validate his claims when pressed about why he has repeatedly used Nazi metaphors, Carson said that he’s heard from “many people in the Jewish community, including rabbis, who said, ‘You’re spot on. You are exactly right.’”
4. Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to the country since slavery.
Although it’s certainly no secret that many conservatives oppose Obamacare, especially considering that they are taking steps to ‘repeal & replace’ Obama’s signature healthcare law, Carson has taken this many steps further and crossed the line.
In 2013, Carson said in a speech that “Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
“And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care… It was about control.”
5. Attempts to “legislate racial equality” often actually end up making “matters worse.”
In an op-ed for The Washington Times in 2015, Carson was voicing his disagreement with a fair housing law passed by the Obama administration and he stated,
“These attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse. There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous.”