14 Ben Carson Quotes That Gave Us a Severe Case of Side-Eye

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson may be a world-renowned brain surgeon, but sometimes his statements leave us brain-boggled. From the time he compared abortion to slavery to the multitude of times he has defended the right to bear arms, here are 14 of Carson's most outlandish statements that had us saying, "...Huh?"

Taylor Lewis Feb, 24, 2016

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“[Obama] is an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised White. I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but…he didn’t grow up like I grew up…Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of Black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.” Carson during an interview with Politico.

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That Time He Poked Fun at Police Brutality

"Throwing rocks at cars, I really liked that. Sometimes the police would come, always in unmarked cars. And they'd be chasing us across the field, and they would think they trapped us. Now, that was back in the days before they would shoot you… I'm just kidding! You know they wouldn't do that." Carson at a recent campaign event. 

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"Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'" Carson to Fox & Friends.

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"You know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And…it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about healthcare. It was about control." Carson at a Values Voter Summit in 2013.

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"During slavery—and I know that's one of those words you're not supposed to say, but I'm saying it—during slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. Anything that they chose to do. And, you know, what if the abolitionist had said, you know, 'I don't believe in slavery. I think it's wrong. But you guys do whatever you want to do'? Where would we be?" Carson during a recent appearance on Meet the Press

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"I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I'm telling you: There is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first." Carson to CNN.

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"There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany. Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened." Carson at a 2014 GOP fundraiser.

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"Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay. So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that." Carson to CNN.

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"9/11 is an isolated incident." Ben Carson to the Daily Beast in 2014.

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"How about we have a transgender bathroom? It's not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable…But I'm not sure anybody should have extra rights—extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else."

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"As a doctor, I spent many a night pulling bullets out of bodies. There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking, but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away." Carson on Facebook.

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"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that." Carson to Meet the Press.

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"Like most psychopaths, that's why they're successful. That's the way they look. They all look great…But he knows he's telling a lie. He's trying to sell what he thinks is no true. He's sitting thee saying, 'These Americans are so stupid I can tell them anything." Carson following President Obama's State of the Union speech. 

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"My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, [something to store the grain] would have to be something awfully big, if you stop and think about it." Carson in a newly discovered video from 1998.

(FYI the country of Egypt responded)


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