Former presidential candidate and perpetually confused Donald Trump surrogate, Ben Carson, returned to political limelight on the second night of Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attacked Hillary Clinton in the most bizarre (and perhaps the most original) way.
The (re)tired neurosurgeon, known for his strange remarks throughout his short-termed gig for presidency, essentially called the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, a disciple of Satan.
Carson began his six-minute speech by claiming he isn’t politically correct and that he hates political correctness.
As is usual for everyone speaking at the GOP convention, he too praised his formal tormentor and current friend, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Calling the attacks on the business mogul “dishonest,” Carson continued to shun all of Trump's enemies.
However, his speech, which sounded a little unhinged already, went completely off rails when he departed from the prepared remarks sent to the press ahead of time.
“Now, one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors was Saul Alinsky,” said Carson, prompting loud boos from the Quicken Loans Arena. “And her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky.”
The devout Seventh-Day Adventist then made a connection between Alinsky — a community organizer — and Lucifer by saying that Alinsky wrote a book called “Rules for Radicals” to acknowledge Satan.
“This is a nation where every coin in our pockets and every bill in our wallet says, ‘In God We Trust,’” Carson said. “So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?””
He also prophesized an ominous future if Clinton becomes president, as she would push a “secular progressive agenda” that is “antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation.”
As disturbing and strange as it may sound, the biblical declaration is not entirely shocking coming from Carson, who once said he would look at “the fruit salad of their life” while electing a new justice to nominate for the Supreme Court.
This is what Twitterati had to say about the speech.
I listened to Ben Carson's speech again. And he really does seem to suggest that Hillary Clinton may be an agent of Satan. i'm speechless.— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 20, 2016
I'm no expert, but I'm guessing Ben Carson practiced a lot of brain surgery on himself in med school.— Ham on Wry (@realHamOnWry) July 20, 2016
this is what happens when Ben Carson approaches speeches like they're SNL rehearsals https://t.co/HtGklqflb4— Audrey Assad (@audreyassad) July 20, 2016
Two more days left in the convention, but it’s going to be hard for anyone to match moon-bat tone of Ben Carson’s Lucifer / Alinsky speech.— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) July 20, 2016
Ben Carson reminds you that had he been at the Oregon shooting he'd have fought back by speaking until the shooter fell asleep.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 20, 2016
Everyone laughed when Ben Carson went off script, but he was just trying to make sure the nonsense he spouted wasn't already written.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 20, 2016
I think Ben Carson stole his speech from the guy yelling random things at the end of my street.— Gareth Wheeler (@WheelerTSN) July 20, 2016
At least one thing is for certain, unlike Melania Trump, Carson did not plagiarize his speech.
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