Ben Carson's "Lucifer" Moment and 3 Other Times He Went Rogue
The retired neurosurgeon has a checkered history of saying outlandish things.
Retired neurosurgeon, former Republican presidential candidate and conservative firebrand Ben Carson added to his maverick reputation on Tuesday by linking Hillary Clinton to Lucifer in his stemwinder speech at the GOP convention.
Carson went into a head-scratching tangent when he discussed Clinton's supposed adoration of community organizer Saul Alinsky. "Her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone that she greatly admired. Let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. He wrote a book called Rules for Radicals. On the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom."
Tuesday wasn't the first time Carson has gone rogue, however, here are three times the famed neurosurgeon has cut his own path.
Carson has never been too impressed by what he sees as Hollywood's liberal agenda and obsessions, and he wasn't too pleased by the industry soul searching over the #OscarsSoWhite social media movement. "[T]he American people have far more important concerns than a few Hollywood elites handing themselves awards," he said at the time.
Carson suggested that if German Jews had been armed then the Holocaust may have been "greatly diminished." The exact quote: "The likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."
Unsurprisingly, these comments provoked a furious backlash, with Seth Rogen in particular describing Carson as "despicable" and "totally f—ing bonkers."
In a move that could diplomatically be described as an innovative attempt at reaching the black community, Carson's campaign posted a series of radio ads that featured raps. Carson later distanced himself from the ads, which his campaign explained were attempts at "reaching out and talking to [voters] in a language that they prefer and in a language that [sic], and in a cultural format that they appreciate."
Carson's penchant for going rogue is seemingly infectious and he had media mogul Rupert Murdoch "pulling a Carson" when he tweeted in October last year that the retired neurosurgeon would have been a "real black President," later apologizing for what many interpreted as criticism of President Obama.
Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 8, 2015
Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 8, 2015