I awoke this morning to a series of text messages from a friend, asking me if I was watching erstwhile-earnest-moralist-turned-rabid-Branch-Trumpidian Trump campaign surrogate Ben Carson absolutely implode on Morning Joe. I was actually still sleeping, but the video has already gone viral.
Besides petulantly asking the show producers to cut off his interviewer’s microphone, Carson engaged in a full-on assault on the longtime number one enemy of the Trump campaign: the truth.
“Are you saying that these women are lying?” BBC News reporter Katty Kay asked. Carson avoided the question and said Kay was trying to characterize him as the bad guy.
When the conversation began to get heated Carson jumped in: “Hey can you turn her microphone off please? Turn her microphone off so I can talk.”
“It doesn’t matter whether they’re lying or not,” Carson said…[H]e then added: “What matters is that the train is going off the cliff and we’re taking our eye off of that and we’re getting involved in other issues that can be taken care of later.”
Just unbelievable. Some Republicans are so hardwired into thinking that anyone with the last name “Clinton” stands a non-negligible chance of being the Antichrist that they have deluded themselves into thinking that it actually does not matter whether Donald Trump has sexually assaulted women over the years. It actually does not matter that Donald Trump repeatedly praises the world’s worst authoritarians. It actually does not matter that Donald Trump is an Infowars-style sophomoric conspiracy theorist. It actually does not matter that Donald Trump is a lifelong vulgarian and Planned Parenthood apologist. “At least he isn’t a Clinton!,” goes the logic.
As for Ben Carson—well, I’m old enough to remember when Ben Carson held himself out as the great gentlemanly Christian statesman who would bring humility and piety to the Oval Office. Heck, when I hit the Iowa campaign trail back in January for Ted Cruz, the number of social conservative voters I encountered who were undecided as between Cruz and Carson was downright frustrating. Indeed, Carson had a unique appeal to much of the American heartland’s moral conscience.
And yet, like so many others in 2016, he has utterly—and repeatedly—beclowned himself in ignominy since becoming a Trumpist shill. The “good doctor” has sunk from the heights of promising to de-coarsen the culture and inculcate civic virtue to the nadirs of apologizing for sexual assailants and arguing that the truth simply does not matter.
All because it’s 2016, and therefore lol/nothing matters/eat at Arby’s. Or something.