Ben Carson is turning out to be more like Donald Trump every day — that’s food for criticism for Democrats, who think Carson is a right-wing lunatic. However, it’s great news for Carson’s supporters, who want him to clinch the Republican nomination for the presidential race. BBC News talks about his latest controversial words.
“Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, one of the current frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination, wants to make abortion illegal in all instances, including cases of rape and incest”
The article describes how Carson became more specific about how he feels when it comes to abortion.
“I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it. During slavery, a lot of slave-owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery, but you guys do whatever you want’? Where would we be?”
However, many in Ben Carson’s target audience are delighted with his words.
A couple weeks back, Dr. Ben Carson caused a huge uproar by claiming if guns weren’t taken away from the Jews, Hitler would have had more trouble producing the Holocaust. As usual, the left immediately condemned Carson, with some calling his statement anti-Semitic, even though it wasn’t meant to be. Alan E. Steinweis of the New York Times was one of the people who criticized Carson.
“Mr. Carson’s argument, which he made in his new book ‘A More Perfect Union’ and was asked to defend last week, is strangely ahistorical, a classic instance of injecting an issue that is important in our place and time into a historical situation where it was not seen as important.”
Steinweis adds that he can’t think of any serious work or scholarship on the Nazi dictatorship or on the causes of the Holocaust in which Nazi gun control was a significant factor. In other words, different place and different time. Dr. Keith Ablow from Fox News, however, defended Ben Carson.
“Ben Carson is right, and Jonathan Greenblatt [who condemned Carson] is wrong. For the record, I have hosted a fundraiser for Dr. Carson, but I was also born a Jew and have studied the Holocaust. And I have spoken before the Anti-Defamation League in the past,” Ablow claimed.
Ablow adds that the Jews actually had to hand over their guns and the mindset the Jews lost when handing over the guns was far more important than the guns themselves. He quotes the iconic phrase “Never Again” and thanks Dr. Ben Carson for reminding us of the phrase. Ablow certainly wasn’t the only Jew who defended Carson over the controversy.
What do you think about Ben Carson’s comments — both about abortion and gun control? Do you think he seriously means what he is saying or is he trying to rile up his voting base? Please give us your opinion in the comments section.
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