Former GOP presidential primary candidate Ben Carson appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today to defend alleged unregistered sex offender Donald Trump against claims by numerous women that the current GOP candidate perpetrated numerous sexual offenses against them. It did not go well.
The interview started with the sort of regular insanity Dr. Carson has become so famous for displaying. Sounding as though he was half-asleep, as usual, Carson called the alleged unregistered sex offender’s victims liars, since he uses “common sense” to determine that sexual assault could never happen on airplanes because there are armrests and other people around. Seriously.
When he was asked by Willie Geist if he had any insight into what evidence the GOP presidential nominee spoke of when he said that he would release evidence that his accusers are all liars, Carson responded with his usual brilliance.
‘No, I do not have any insight into that, although I do have Common sense. For instance, if somebody’s sitting next to you in the first class section of the airplane, there are stewardesses, there are other people around, and there’s just gigantic armrests. What happened to all those things?’
Carson went on to say that we’re all being distracted and “taking our eyes off the ball” instead of focusing on the real issues, because sexual assault is apparently not a “real issue.” After some more insanity in which Carson insisted we “throw out all the economists” who aren’t telling us the truth about what’s happened to the economy since the year 2000 (when, by the way, GOP president George H.W. Bush took office) because the country is “going off the fiscal cliff.”
When challenged by a female correspondent for MSNBC, however, Ben Carson began going off the deep end and literally growling at her. He even demanded that Katty Kay’s microphone be shut down to shut her up.
KAY: You seem to be suggesting this morning in this interview with your description of the first class cabin and in previous interviews that these women are lying. The real reason that women who have been sexually abused don’t come forward to talk about their stories is precisely this: that all too often they are accused of being liars. Are you saying that these women are lying?
CARSON: That’s your characterization, because you need to try to characterize it that way to make me the bad guy.
So Carson wasn’t saying these women are lying? Wait, though. It gets much worse. When Kay pressed him, saying that he had literally said seconds before that these women had to be lying, Carson began screaming repeatedly for her to stop. He screamed at her to stop 11 times before finally growling:
‘Can you turn her microphone off?!’
Carson was shut down by Joe Scarborough, whose interruptions didn’t seem to bother Carson at all, before Carson insisted that “it doesn’t matter whether or not they’re lying.”
See the full segment below:
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