This morning Ben Carson was on Morning Joe, previously a Trump-fluffing extravaganza but now attempting to commit random acts of journalism, and was challenged about Trump’s use of women as party favors. Then the fun started.
Ben Carson on Friday demanded a female reporter’s microphone be shut off after she asked him if he is claiming Donald Trump’s accusers are lying about his alleged sexual abuse.
“That’s your characterization because you need to characterize it that way to try to make me the bad guy,” Carson said on MSNBC after being asked by reporter Katty Kay whether his description of the alleged incidents was meant to suggest the women were lying.
“Stop, stop, stop. Stop. Hey, can you turn her microphone off, please?” said Carson to Kay while waving his finger in the air. “Turn her microphone off so I can talk.” The request was denied.
“It’s a simple question. Yes or no?” host Joe Scarborough said. “Do you believe these women are lying or not? Nobody is trying to paint you as a bad guy. We just want an answer, straight talk.”
“It doesn’t matter whether they’re lying or not,” Carson said, to which Kay said “Of course it matters.”
“Listen, it doesn’t matter whether they’re lying or not. What matters is that the train is going off the cliff. We’re taking our eye off of that and getting involved in other issues that can be taken care of later,” said Carson.
Kay continued to press Carson on the issue, to which he responded “Listen, will you listen for a moment? Do you guys have a plug please?”
“I love the fact that all of a sudden you want to talk about morality in our country,” he added. “I would love us to bring back our Judeo-Christian values and begin to teach those things and emphasize them at a time other than a political election. Let’s do that. But right now, the train is going off the cliff.”
I think the Examiner buried the lede here. It isn’t that Carson wanted to shut down the microphone of a reporter who happened to be a woman. The real news is the last paragraph where he says that the state of the nation is too dire to worry about God and Christian values, we have to elect Trump and then get to the small stuff like worrying about or souls.
I don’t know what Ben Carson’s plans are after this campaign is over but one thing you can be sure of is that no sane person will ever use him for a surrogate. Of course, it isn’t like a sane person is using him now.