Dr. Ben Carson took the ridiculous Fox News meme that saying the magic words “radical Islam” is a key to fighting terrorism and ran with it to new lows.
On Fox’s Your World show, host Charles Payne played a clip of Attorney General Lynch talking about the threat of homegrown terrorism and terrorism that might be inspired by the attacks in Brussels or elsewhere.
Payne’s only comment about it was, “If you were listening closely, two words that you were not hearing: ‘radical Islam.’ So is that the problem?”
To answer the question, Payne turned to pediatric neurosurgeon and failed presidential candidate Ben Carson, the same Ben Carson who went Palin-esque when asked which Middle East ally he’d call on first to help fight ISIS and whose own advisors have said he’s clueless about foreign policy. Of course, Payne never mentioned that as he presented Carson as some kind of credible terrorism expert.
Carson was happy to play the role.
CARSON: It tells you that there’s a basic disconnect there, and it extends itself into the policies. For instance, you look at how lax our security is on the borders. Obviously, if we’re not taking them seriously enough to even be able to name them, we’re not going to do what we need to do in order to secure our borders. We’re not willing to declare war on Islam and look at our immigration policies and our visa policies, all of these things are things that are putting the American population in jeopardy, and there’s no sense of seriousness here.
Payne did not challenge Carson as to whether he meant Obama should declare war on “radical” Islam (whatever that means) or if Carson thinks Obama should declare war on Islam, itself, as he stated - and seemed to really mean as he went on to describe the religion as one born in violence.
Payne seemed to agree as he clearly hoped we’ll start banning Muslims. He asked Carson if he thinks Obama “will have an epiphany and maybe say, maybe sometimes the public is right?”
“I doubt it,” Carson replied. They both laughed heartily.
In fact, polls from CBS, NBC, and ABC found most Americans oppose a Muslim ban.
Carson also excused Trump’s shocking tweet smearing Ted Cruz’s wife's looks as just part of our culture:
CARSON: I understand that he’s doing what has become popular in America – you know, tweeting and being nasty. You know, people will come out and they’ll say things against it but they go home and do the same thing.
Of course, no other presidential candidate tweets anything like what Trump tweets but again, Payne didn't challenge Carson.
Carson also went on to warn that “we’ll destroy ourselves” with divisiveness. He claimed to be looking for ways to create more peace among people, more harmony.
Yet Payne gave Carson the stamp of approval in closing the discussion: “I got to tell you, sad to see you leave the race,” Payne said. “I’m glad you’re making the rounds. You are a voice of reason that’s got to resonate no matter who wins this election.”
Watch it below, from the March 24 Your World.