What the Hell Is Going on With Ben Carson?


Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

 

Jeb Lund | Rolling Stone | Reader Supported News | November 25, 2015

Carson has kept his hand at the controls of the sort of brute animal hatred driving the Republican primary

 

hen you meet new people and tell them your job, there’s always one response you know you’ll eventually get. Doctors wait for a shoe to drop and someone to say, “Can you tell me what this thing on my foot is?” Lawyers expect people to try to weasel free legal advice. Journalists get lectures about issues people think are covered incorrectly. So it was weird to find myself at a wedding two weeks ago and instead have almost everyone ask me a question: “Is Ben Carson out of his goddamn mind?”

For once, the correct answer might come from actor Troy McClure: He’s not crazy, just ignorant!

After all, Thursday Carson denied that longtime friend Armstrong Williams has anything to do with his campaign, despite the fact that Williams is his business manager and has spoken as a representative for his campaign many times. In fact, just this week Williams downplayed former Iran-Contra ghoul Duane Clarridge’s role in advising Carson after Clarridge told the New York Times that “nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East.” And on Tuesday his campaign tweeted out his anti-refugee vow, “I am standing with the 31 Governors who are fighting to keep our nation safe,” along with a map of the United States that looks like someone played Tetris with New England, blocked it up on the right side of New York somehow, then lost the game.

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