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JLeslie's avatar

Does it matter that Ben Carson had a couple of violent incidents when he was a young teen?

Asked by JLeslie (59822points) November 6th, 2015 from iPhone

If so, why?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

No, it really doesn’t matter. I would be more surprised if he didn’t have incidents in his past.

It’s sort of like when Bill Clinton said that he had smoked marijuana when he was a kid. That was perfectly normal for a kid growing up in the 60s. I would be more suspicious of someone who hadn’t smoked marijuana back then, because that mean that were a misfit and out of touch with what was going on at the time.

So if anything, this is normal.

NOTE: Apparently it’s a Ben Carson fabrication anyway: link

janbb's avatar

Probably the least significant thing about him considering he is a total whack-job.

Cupcake's avatar

Did he rape his wife and pull out her hair? Oh, wait… that was Donald Trump.

Probably not, although crimes of subjugation/violence towards members of a certain group of people (based on gender, age groups, race, perceived sexual orientation, etc.) are more difficult for me to overlook.

Publically discussing it while demonstrating remorse and personal growth would be necessary, if these violent incidents occurred.

gorillapaws's avatar

Word on the street is that it didn’t actually happen, and he’s making up stories to sell the sinner to saved via Christ story. The people who knew him said he was quiet, bookish, focused, hardly the street thug turned profit he’s angling for.

On another note, apparently he thinks the Egyptian pyramids were for storing grain and not toobs as the consensus of the global archaeological community believes. THAT fact makes me more nervous about the guy than anything else. He’s out of touch with reality.

marinelife's avatar

So far, CNN’s reporters have found noone to back up Carson’s claims that these incidents occurred.

canidmajor's avatar

Carson himself confirmed them (I saw a clip this morning on CBS) in an interview. The “wanting to hit his mother in the head with a hammer” thing kind of bothered me, as it seems an unusually violent and detailed kind of fantasy to have.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I can’t get past the pyramid thing either. I’ll get flamed everywhere but here for saying this but people who take things on faith don’t need to be leading the nation.

stanleybmanly's avatar

No. What matters is that a man of his considerable achievements is as dumb as a mackerel.

janbb's avatar

@stanleybmanly What do you have against mackerels?

ragingloli's avatar

Come on, even mackerels do not believe that Pyramids were built by a fictional character for storing grain.

janbb's avatar

Yeah- the Anti-Mackerel Defamation League is gonna sue.

ragingloli's avatar

Since there is no non-human animal in the universe that believes in the claims of religions, ALL non-human animals are smarter than religionists.

Buttonstc's avatar


I’m going to assume you mean the Mackerel Anti-Defamation League :)

Anti-Mackerel would be something else altogether :D

stanleybmanly's avatar

I agree it’s racist, insensitive,and politically incorrect to defame our animal friends by equating them with our own defectives. After all, fish lives matter !! I want to go on record with my sincere and heartfelt apology to our aquatic citizens for whatever pain my thoughtless remarks may have caused them.

zenvelo's avatar

More admissions today that Carson’s memory is a fabrication, he made up a whole story about West Point.

stanleybmanly's avatar

You know the growing embarrassment in these revelations is almost heartwrenching. Here is a man who at the pinnacle of his profession was regarded with godlike admiration for his accomplishments. It is even for a meany like me rather painful to witness such an icon reduced to a joke.

janbb's avatar

@Buttonstc I knew i did something fishy there.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@stanleybmanly – lying and hubris brings a lot of politicians down. The thing is, it isn’t party related, racially motivated, or anything else. Politicians lie. SImple.

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gondwanalon's avatar

The answer to your question is no.

What’s interesting to me is the game being played here. Of course you all know that Ben Carson is not dumb. It’s fun for some to play “Ain’t he awful”. You all are the winners in this game and Carson is the loser. The more you put him down the better you feel. It’s all pretty sick really.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@gondwanalon. The fact is that a diagnosis of “dumb” is probably the charitable explanation.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@elbanditoroso. Of course it’s a given that politicians lie. But there’s a difference between the urgent necessity of say “I did not have sex with that woman” and the unnecessary and easily checked “West Point scholarship” myth. Perhaps we should regard it as another character plus that Carson is inept as a liar, but we all know by now that the office of President requires a skilled liar with impeccable credentials. Carson’s apparent failure to appreciate that every word, deed, and thought expressed in his lifetime would be scrutinized is unpardonable and an unbelievable failure in judgement. If there’ a photo out there somewhere of him sitting on the toilet or picking his nose, we’re going to see it. The man’s private life is over, and his failure in understanding this will destroy him.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Change that to HAS destroyed him.

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