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Ben Carson went off-script to deliver an eyebrow-raising speech that linked Hillary Clinton to Lucifer at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.
“I hate political correctness,” the retired neurosurgeon told the crowd upon taking the stage in Cleveland during the second day of the GOP Convention.
His speech then veered into talk of the dangers of “secular progressives” and away from the prepared speech that had reportedly been sent to media prior to the event.
“One of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors was Saul Alinsky,” he said about Alinsky, who is known as the founder of community organizing. “And 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.”
“Now think about that,” he said. “Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?”
Twitter immediately ignited in response.
this is what happens when Ben Carson approaches speeches like they’re SNL rehearsals https://t.co/HtGklqflb4
— Audrey Assad (@audreyassad) July 20, 2016
This string of tweets made me laugh more than it should have.. I love rogue Ben Carson pic.twitter.com/fdm6CsBb36
— Alison Arkin (@Cronikeys) July 20, 2016
Everyone laughed when Ben Carson went off script, but he was just trying to make sure the nonsense he spouted wasn’t already written.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 20, 2016
Carson wasn’t the only GOP-candidate-turned-Trump-supporter, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also joined Tuesday’s roster of speakers.
Before the convention began, Carson — who ended his bid for the GOP nomination in March — was already making headlines over an interview he gave to The Hill on Monday.
In the interview, he said that being transgender “doesn’t make any sense.”
“For someone to wake up and think that they belong to a different sex because they feel different, that day is the same as if you woke up and said, ‘I’m Afghani today because I saw a movie about that last night, and even though my genetics might not indicate that, that’s the way I feel, and if you say that I’m not, then you’re a racist,'” he said. “What we ought to do is utilize our brains, utilize our common sense as human beings. We’ve known what men are and what women are for thousands of years. So we don’t know anything, everything is relative — this doesn’t make any sense.”
Watch Carson’s full speech from the RNC below.
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