Say what you want about Ben Carson, but he is certainly the only presidential candidate who is worried about the safety of the United States — from an alien threat, that is.
The famously laid-back neurosurgeon did not get much talk time during Thursday night’s sixth Republican presidential debate, but in whatever amount of time that he did get, he managed to describe an ominous string of threats faced by the country.
“The fact of the matter is, [Obama] doesn't realize that we now live in the 21st century, and that war is very different than it used to be before,” the presidential hopeful said. “Not armies, massively marching on each other and air forces, but now we have dirty bombs and we have cyberattacks and we have people who will be attacking our electrical grid.”
The usage of dirty bombs, cyberattacks and attack on electrical grids in a same sentence immediately had Internet users drawing parallels between Carson’s version of technological apocalypse and the plot of popular alien invasion movie, Independence Day.
“We have enemies who are obtaining nuclear weapons that they can explode in our exoatmosphere and destroy our electric grid. Just think about a scenario like that,” the neurosurgeon further said. “They explode the bomb, we have an electromagnetic pulse. They hit us with a cyber attack simultaneously and dirty bombs. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue at that point?”
For those unaware, the movie depicts an alien attack on Earth, which forces U.S. leaders to save the planet by knocking out satellite communication, inserting a shield-disabling virus into the alien mothership and then blasting it to bits with nuclear weapons miles above earth's surface.
This is how Twitterati responded to Carson’s fanatical fears:
I think what Ben Carson just described was depicted in the movie "Independence Day" and yes, it was scary.— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) January 15, 2016
Expo atmosphere, electric pulse, cyber attack, dirty bombs at the same time. Independence Day 2 or Ben Carson debate response? #GOPDebate— Jerry Bird (@JerryBirdface) January 15, 2016
holy fuck Ben Carson just explained he plot to Independence Day 2. #GOPDebate— Sean Gabay (@ixSEANxi) January 15, 2016
To prepare for the foreign policy part of the debate, Ben Carson watched Independence Day. It made him smile #GOPDebate— Marissa Fretes (@marissa_fretes) January 15, 2016
Since the presidential hopeful also believes that pyramids were built to store grain, perhaps it is not entirely surprising that he fears an Independence Day-style attack on the U.S. as well.