Presidential doomsday scenario Ben Carson (seen above performing a difficult brain operation) has taken a hit in the polls after some public displays of word vomiting, and apparently there’s a lot more bile where that came from.
His latest comments about gay, lesbian and trans people serving in the military are such head scratchers, we can’t imagine what good he thought could come of them.
Speaking to military veterans on Saturday in Iowa, Carson said of out service men and women, “I mean, why do you have to go around flouting your sexuality? It’s not necessary, you don’t need to talk about that, we need to talk about how we eliminate the enemy.”
To say nothing of the fact that we’re pretty sure he meant “flaunt,” not “flout” (words is hard), Carson also seems to have mistaken “flaunt” with “mention.” What does he think is going on in the barracks at night? Camouflage drag shows? And all while ignoring the fact that there’s any sort of mission at hand?
But he wasn’t finished shoving his foot into his mouth:
“When our men and women are out there fighting the enemy, the last thing that we need to be doing is saying what would it be like if we introduced several transgender people into this platoon,” Carson said. “You know, give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”
We certainly have to wonder how the estimated 15,500 transgender service members currently serving in the U.S. Military feel about being referred to as “the transgender thing.”
Carson famously claimed in one of his books that he was offered a full scholarship to West Point, the prestigious military academy, only to then backpedal and say it wasn’t a “scholarship” per se (West Point doesn’t even offer scholarships), he was just “introduced to folks from West Point.” Understandable — we get the two confused all the time.
Either way, Carson did not attend West Point, nor did he ever serve in the military. But please, continue denigrating those who do. Who’s next? Ah, of course — women!
“All the success I’ve had in life is because of women, so I am never going to say ‘no’ to women, I’m not,” Carson said, adding that he would be “very frightened” if standards were lowered to allow women into the same roles as men.
This guy just can’t quit.
Here’s the real kicker — the event was hosted by the so-called Concerned Veterans for America, a “Koch brothers-funded front group” that is reportedly “the driving force behind efforts to dismantle the VA health care system and trim service members’ hard-earned disability and other benefits.”
Ben Carson, we certainly don’t mean to flout you (OK maybe we do), but it’s late, you’re tired, the sun’s about to come up and you need to go home.