Dr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon taking a swing at politics, has no qualms when it comes to saying what’s on his mind.
And that’s where things get bad. Really bad. Here are 15 Ben Carson quotes sure to make you reconsider life’s direction:
Back in 1998, Carson delivered a commencement address at Andrews College and shared his theory about the pyramids true purpose. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” he said, “Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”
Trans People Have Extra Rights
“How about we have a transgender bathroom?” Carson asked Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos before adding,”it’s not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable… I’m not sure anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else.”
Those Damn Selfies
“Beyond the obvious narcissism of endlessly photographing oneself and blasting it over social networks for others to admire, selfies are dangerous — to animals, sports spectators, artwork and the rest of us,” wrote Carson in the Washington Post.
Why Americans Join ISIS
At last year’s Center for Security Policy’s National Security Action Summit, Carson talked about why people in the States join ISIS. He said, “I think most people, when they finish that course (U.S. History), they’d be ready to go sign up for ISIS.”
Comparing Obamacare to Slavery
“Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” shared Carson at the Values Voter Summit in October 2013.
He continued, “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.”
Why Black People Die
“The No. 1 cause of death for black people is abortion,” stated Carson to Fox News host Eric Bolling on the ‘O’Reilly Factor.’
No Muslim President
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” the presidential candidate told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on ‘Meet the Press.’
The War Inside of Women
Carson once said about women that, “There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”
No Mass Shooter Will Get Me!
“Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Carson said on a segment of ‘Fox and Friends’, “I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.'”
On NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Carson compared women who get abortions to slaveowners: “During slavery, a lot of the slaveowners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. Anything that they chose to do. And, you know, what if the abolitionists had said ‘I don’t believe in slavery, I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do.'”
Ben Knows Why People Are Gay
When asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo if being gay was a choice, Carson said “Absolutely” and then added:
“A lot of people who go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Stand Up for Conservative Values Because… Nazi Germany?
At a fundraiser for Oregon GOP Senate Candidate Dr. Monica Wehby, Carson drew a comparison between Nazi Germany and the U.S.: “There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany. Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened.”
Obama is a Psychopath
Carson sat down with GQ and shared his thoughts on President Obama: “Like most psychopaths. That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great […] But he knows he’s telling a lie! He’s trying to sell what he thinks is not true! He’s sitting there saying, “These Americans are so stupid I can tell them anything.”
Another Nazi Reference
In a recent interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Carson used a Nazi Germany example to support gun control. He said,”I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I’m telling you, there is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”