Carson Warns: A U.S. Hitler Could Come to Power
Fresh off his controversial remarks on U.S. Muslims, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested on Wednesday that a Nazi-like force could arise to power in the United States.
During a campaign event in New Hampshire, Carson said that what had happened in Germany in the 1930’s could very well happen in America despite what people may think that history will not repeat itself.
“I beg to differ,” Carson said. “If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech.”
“If people don’t speak up for what they believe, then other people will change things without them having a voice. Hitler changed things there and nobody protested. Nobody provided any opposition to him,” he asserted.
Following his remarks, Carson refused to say who he thinks is like Adolf Hitler in the U.S., but maintained, “that example is pretty clear.”
When asked if he was comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler, Carson said, “No. I am saying in a situation where people do not express themselves, bad things can happen.”
Last year, Carson suggested that the current state of our government and institutions are “very much like Nazi Germany.”
“I know you’re not supposed to say Nazi Germany, but I don’t care about political correctness,” he said in an interview with Breitbart News in March 2014. “You had the government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”
Carson didn’t apologize or retract his comments when he was asked about it during several TV appearances later on.
This is now the third time Carson used a holocaust-related controversial reference. In a 2003 high school graduation speech, Carson made a holocaust-related chauvinistic comment while presenting himself with a non-political correctitude.
“I do not believe in political correctness, by the way, OK?” the retired neurosurgeon said. “There’s almost never a time when I give a speech where somebody isn’t offended. I remember one time I was talking about human brains versus dog brains, and a guy came up and said, ‘You can’t talk about dogs like that,’ you know, ‘It’s very offensive.’ And then, you know, I said something about how the fashion industry makes young women think they’re supposed to be so skinny it looks like they escaped from Auschwitz, and a young Jewish woman came up to me and said, ‘You can’t talk about Auschwitz.’”