A hilarious thing has happened in the Republican primaries. The left has been ruthless in their attacks on frontrunner Donald Trump, doubtlessly frustrated by his indomitable resiliency. But if they were to succeed in bringing Trump down tomorrow, they would have a big problem on their hands. Second in line for the nomination isn’t one of their safe candidates like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, it’s Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon whose conservatism is even more extreme than Trump’s. Put that together with the dark color of his skin – a trait liberals find horrifying in a Republican – and you have panic.
Carson, like Trump, makes it easy for the media to create controversy out of thin air. He’s much softer in his approach, but the words that come out of his mouth are just as offensive to anyone with a bleeding heart. As he continues to climb in the polls, the media is going to work overtime to sink his campaign.
The spotlight shifted for the first time when Carson suggested that a Muslim president would not be good for the United States. That storm had barely settled, though, before Carson was at it again, this time speaking about the Oregon school shooting that left nine dead at Umpqua Community College. And while Carson is not the only Republican defending guns in the wake of the tragedy, he’s the only one who proposed to advise the victims.
“I would ask everybody to attack the gunman because he can only shoot one of us at a time. That way, we don’t all wind up dead,” Carson said on ABC News when asked what he would do in a similar situation.
This led to a firestorm of controversy as Republicans, Democrats, and pundits accused Carson of fancying himself as a Rambo-type character. He defended his remarks without walking them back, insisting that he never meant to disrespects the students in Roseburg. “I want to plant in people’s minds what to do in a situation like this because unfortunately this is probably not going to be the last time this happens,” he said on CBS.
Donald Trump, perhaps jealous of the spotlight, tweeted his support of Carson. “Ben Carson was speaking in general terms as to what he would do if confronted with a gunman, and was not criticizing the victims. Not fair!”
As long as Carson’s numbers continue to climb, the media will continue to twist his words. That’s what they do. They can’t win fairly, so they distort the facts and create a narrative that promotes a stereotype of extremist conservatives. What did Carson say that was so wrong? Does anyone really think he would presume to tell a gunshot victim that they handled the situation incorrectly? Of course not.
But he’s right. These things continue to happen. No one knows what they will do in a life-or-death situation until they’re in it, but when did we decide that the proper advise involves cowering and crossing our fingers? Of course, if we decide that fighting back is a good way to take down a killer, then the left’s war on gun freedom no longer holds water. So it’s obvious why they would hate that sentiment. The populace should be scared and dependent on the police.
They’re so much easier to control that way.