Ben Carson just dropped a triple whopper lie at the Republican National Convention, and it was the center piece of his failed attack on Hillary Clinton. As is in fashion at this year’s poorly attended convention besieged by angry protesters, all he did was blatantly copy something Glenn Beck was ranting about in 2012.
Carson went off script in his speech, which stunned MSNBC’s Brian Williams, but nobody who’s seen the good Doctor’s conspiracy theories, like that the pyramids in Egypt were actually grain elevators, or brilliant idea that evolution was created by the devil or that gayness is a choice.
“One of the things I heard about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinski,” said Carson to the fairly listless RNC crowd in Cleveland, “and her senior thesis was about Saul Alinkski, this was someone that she greatly admired and affected all of her philosophies subsequently.”
“[Alinsky] wrote a book called ‘Rules for Radicals’ on the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer,” which is entirely false, and not found on the dedication page and more to the point, long ago debunked as a Glenn Beck lie too, “the original radical who gained his own kingdom. Now think about that, this is a nation where our founding document talks about certain inalienable rights come from our creator.”
Just in case Ben Carson needs to plagiarize a more recent Glenn Beck fantasy argument, late last year, he said of Donald Trump: “He is Saul Alinsky. [Trump] will isolate you and polarize you and he will take you out. He will destroy you. He is spending money with Tea Party groups and churches and news websites to own them.”
In fact, it was such a baseless and stupid claim by Glen Beck, that Bill Maher decided to dedicate an entire rant called, “Who the Fuck is Saul Alinski?” (below) back in 2012 that explains how Republicans have seized on an American genius, the founding father of community organizing, whose principles have guided members of both parties as evil, just because he organized african-americans beginning in the 1930s and eventually became part of the 1960’s civil rights movement.
It’s a classic Straw Man Argument, and unfortunately, Republicans wish they were running against him, instead of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Republican religious extremists like Ben Carson never disappoint when it comes to lobbing the craziest, most refutable claims at Hillary Clinton.
Because it’s all most members of the party who dislikes facts, Mexicans and free speech can dig up to say about the Democratic nominee. And after her decades of experience and vetting this is an electoral problem, besides the fact that Clinton actually has actual policy ideas and even fact-checked facts on her side more often than any other presidential candidate in 2016.
Trump wing of the Republican Party Trumpublicans aren’t just grasping at weak, straw man arguments when they come after the Democratic presidential nominee, they can also be lazy plagiarists when improvising too.