In an interview with Politico, Dr. Ben Carson casually suggested that he would be the first real African-American president.
Carson compared his childhood to that of President Obama’s and said that Obama was “raised white” in Indonesia while he was raised in poverty by a black single mother in Detriot, Michigan.
“He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch,” the retired neurosurgeon told Politico’s Glenn Thrush on his “Off Message” podcast aired Tuesday.
President Obama’s parents consisted of an American white woman and a Kenyan father, he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Carson was born in Detriot by two African-American parents.
“Like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night-and-day different. He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination,” Carson said. “Not even close.”
Carson also dismissed the notion that Conservative criticism of Obama stems from racism.
“You have to recognize that what President Obama represents is an ideology that is antithetical to the ideology of most people in the Republican Party. And I don’t think it has anything to do with race,” he said. “I mean, Hillary (Clinton) represents that kind of ideology also, and they’ll say it’s because she’s a woman. I mean, any guy who represents that kind of ideology is going to evoke exactly the same types of criticism.”
Carson said that most of the racism he experiences are from progressives, not conservatives.
“I think the way that I’m treated, you know, by the left is racism,” Carson said. “Because they assume because you’re black, you have to think a certain way. And if you don’t think that way, you’re ‘Uncle Tom,’ you’re worthy of every horrible epithet they can come up with; whereas, if I weren’t black, then I would just be a Republican.”
Carson claims that he’d never experienced any racism within the Republican party.
“I don’t find any particular problem being an African-American in the Republican Party. The people‑‑I know that in the progressive side of things, they like to say that the Republicans are racist. I know that. I haven’t experienced that,” he said.
Ben Carson’s campaign has been in a death spiral since October; he consistently finishes at or near the bottom primaries and caucuses, and he’s the most forgettable candidate in any of the Republican debates.
The fact that he paused his campaign to promote his new book last year in Florida tells you everything you need to know about his motivations for staying in the race. He didn’t even know what the “wet foot, dry foot” policy was when asked about it by the Maimi herald.
His attempt to compare his “blackness” to President Obama’s is just another sad attempt by a perpetually boring and astoundingly ignorant candidate to shock somehow his way back into relevancy, which of course won’t work.
But hey, if it’s any consolation to Dr. Carson, I’m sure all of his white Republican friends will give him a nice hardy pat on the back for his efforts.
Here’s the podcast.