Ben Carson Embarrasses Himself During ABC Sunday PR Disaster


President Donald Trump has consistently shown his utter disregard for basic standards of decency when it comes to issues like the names of military bases across the U.S. that are named after Confederate generals. Trump has adamantly opposed renaming these bases, thereby seemingly trying to protect a legacy that is inextricably tied to leaders of the soldiers who fought and died on behalf of slavery — and during an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson refused to acknowledge a problem with the president’s perspective.

Through the course of his remarks, Carson dubiously excused the president’s defense of legacies that are tied to the Confederacy and airily called for Americans to “work together,” although he himself works for a staggeringly divisive president.

Carson said:

‘We obviously should look at things from multiple perspectives because we are a diverse country. We have diverse opinions, and his opinion is one of them as well. I don’t have any problem with him expressing his opinion, as long as he’s willing to listen to other opinions — as long as we’re all willing to listen to other opinions, because, as I’ve said before, the United States of America is a destination country — it’s a place where other people want to come to… and there’s a reason for that. And we’re the only ones who can destroy ourselves, and we have to stop putting everything into the arena of combat. Let’s see if we can find a way to work together, because if we don’t, we’re doomed.’

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Has Carson ever read the president’s Twitter feed for any significant amount of time? Has he listened to many of the president’s other public remarks over recent weeks and months? He proclaims that Americans need to “work together” — while working for the guy who turned a pandemic into a political football. Trump claimed that coverage of the Coronavirus, which has now killed over 110,000 Americans and counting, was a conspiracy to make him look bad — and yet, Carson apparently finds little to no contradiction between that and proclaiming that Americans need to “work together.”

Besides — racism is not a matter of opinion! The leaders of the Confederacy fought on behalf of slavery. Military installations and other monuments with Confederates’ names on them are just one step away from directly honoring slavery. They treat the Civil War as if it was some kind of gentleman’s disagreement rather than a war in which one side was clearly and unequivocally morally wrong.

Asked about Trump’s plans to deliver a Republican convention speech on the anniversary of a violent KKK attack on civil rights advocates, Carson dubiously added:

‘We’ve reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try and ascribe some nefarious notion to it… We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, of renaming everything.’

Again — racism is not just a matter of opinion! In any sane world, an adviser to the president of the United States wouldn’t try and talk about the “both sides” of an issue in which the president chums it up with racism.

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