Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ben Carson

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Primary Season

The road to the White House and the 2016 election has been an historic and crazy journey so far, and all we have done is narrowed the field to two candidates.

We started with five on the left and 17 on the right, and we are left with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They survived the wildest primary season in recent history.

From Hillary’s hot sauce comment to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims, this has been a crazy year.

Take a look back at the craziest moments from the primary season.


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Last Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina, two grown men stepped into a storage closet.

Texan Ted Cruz called for an impromptu, off-the-record, meeting with Neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Wanting to visit on “neutral ground” the duo met in a storage closet at the Conservative Review Convention on Thursday.

According to The Daily Beast the meeting was “supposed to be short and off-the-record” but thanks to another leak by the Cruz campaign, the closeted discussion was soon in the hands of the media.

Carson’s communications staffer said, “We weren’t going to comment on the press on it, but it seems pretty clear that the other party involved had a different agenda.”

While a Secret Service detail waited outside of the closet door, the two men met in private, only to emerge at odds with each other.

Carson’s staffer told the press, “it did not go well” and Carson ended the discussion by saying, “We agree to disagree. We disagree on accountability and culpability.”

The discussion appeared to center around Cruz’s “dirty tricks” throughout the campaign, specifically, the Cruz campaign’s Iowa incident where staffers told caucus-goers that Carson had dropped from the race.

Cruz’s camp had little to say about the meeting, but the Texas senator refused to even acknowledge or look at the good doctor following the meeting as they passed through the hallway.

Consultants within Cruz’s camp believe that in order to become competitive with frontrunner Donald Trump, Carson will have to drop from the race.

The logic is not backed by fact as after Carson’s fall following the CNN negative articles, his supporters appeared to break evenly for Trump and Cruz according to the polls.

The shift in voter support with the drop of Jeb Bush will likely benefit Floridian Marco Rubio, leaving Rafael “Ted” Cruz even further behind in the delegate count for the GOP nomination.

It’s unlikely that Ted Cruz will be asking Carson to join him in the closet again anytime soon.

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Facebook Primary

If Facebook “Likes” converted to votes, Ben Carson would be facing Bernie Sanders in the general election.

But they don’t.

Facebook is the place where people are on eternal vacations, unicorns exist and a nerd who has not spoken face-to-face with a human being in 14 days has three thousand friends.

There is however, a bit of truth in the details.

The company, FiveThirtyEight,  put together an interactive map that calculates all of the Facebook “likes” taking place that are attached to a presidential contender.

They’re calling it the “Facebook Primary.”

In reality it’s a mix of how well each candidate is doing with their social networking and their actual popularity.

A dominant showing by Bernie Sanders is no surprise, as brain-washed college kids around the nation are spending time churning up the Sandstorm on Facebook and Twitter rather than studying economics (and it would be a just reward if these kids were able to elect Sanders as they would be stuck paying their student loans along with the college education of everyone who comes after them).

As for Carson, the candidate has been riding the wave of popularity ever since he called out Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. With 5 million followers on Facebook, and strategic posts every two hours (during the day), the candidate is inflating his actual popularity.

Carson and Sanders aside, Donald Trump is dominating Facebook just like he’s dominating the polls.

Trump has climbed to 5.7 million Facebook fans but, unlike his Twitter account, the billionaire’s timeline isn’t very active with about three posts per day (more than the average person, but half of other candidates).

Trump’s closest rival within the GOP is Ted Cruz. The Canadian-born Texas Senator is dominating the Lone Star State along with a sliver of Oklahoma and New Mexico.

On the interactive map, if you uncheck Trump and Carson, you’ll see Cruz dominating all but Ohio (Kasich) and Florida (Rubio).

As for Jeb Bush, country-club Republican elites obviously haven’t taken the time to jump on Facebook as the former governor only carries 1% of likes of all of the presidential contenders.

Again, while there is some truth buried within the likes of Facebook, be thankful that brain-washed Bernites are wasting their time boasting about socialism on Facebook, because on the streets, it really doesn’t matter.

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ben carson

Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s polling numbers have been falling faster than President Obama’s impressive golf score.

The candidate, who was the focus of a short round of scrutiny lead by CNN has been unable to recover from what many considered gaps in integrity in the retelling of his life story.

Carson was the only candidate to outpoll Trump by a sliver in August with support of 24.8% among Republican voters.

Since then the candidate that had solidly been in the number two spot for most of the year by a large margin, has dropped to fourth place behind Trump, Cruz, and Rubio.

Despite impressive fundraising efforts, insiders tell Liberty News Now that spending has been put on hold and campaign staffers have started to look around for other opportunities.

Obviously, those two signs place the campaign on deathwatch.

Political insiders believe the doctor who captured the hearts, minds and political support of a strong portion of the conservative vote will drop shortly following the Iowa Caucus.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina just handed Donald Trump a taste of his own medicine.

It came after Trump went on an epic rant about his top opponent, Ben Carson—comparing the esteemed neurosurgeon to a “child molester”—on CNN.

“It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper,” he said, referring to Ben Carson’s memoir about his youthful rebellion and bad behavior, when he appeared on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront. “That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that.”

When pressed for an example, he compared Carson to “child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”

Fiorina swooped in with a scathing Facebook post, to defend Carson:

“Donald, sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again,” she wrote, referencing Tuesday’s debate, where Donald Trump, amid a crowd of boos, told her to stop interrupting. “You would know something about pathological. How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”

Fighting words. Carson, himself, did not respond against the latest attacks from his onetime friend-turned-rival, Donald Trump.

Trump, for his part, unapologetically continued his rant later, at a 95-minute speech during a rally in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

“And I don’t want a person that’s got pathological disease, I don’t want it,” he told his supporters.

“Now, I’m not saying he’s got it. He said it. This isn’t something I’m saying — he’s a pathological liar, I’m not saying it. He said he’s got pathological disease. He actually said ‘pathological temper,’ and then he defined it as ‘disease,’ so he said he has ‘pathological disease.’ Now if you’re pathological, there’s no cure for that, folks. OK? There’s no cure for that.”

He also made sure to name-check his newest nemesis, referring to her as “Carly Whatever-the-hell-her-name-is.”

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ben carson's pyramid

The internet is going nuts over controversial comments Ben Carson made about the Egyptian pyramids—and even Donald Trump is entering the fray.

Carson’s comments, which recently came to public attention, came from a 1998 video of a commencement speech he made to Andrews University, a college affiliated with Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist church. But Carson has, after the story came to light, reaffirmed that he still believes the pyramids were made to store grain.

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson explained in the 1998 video. “Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”

“And when you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, they’d have to be that way for various reasons. And various of scientists have said, ‘Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how—’ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”

It’s common knowledge that the pyramids were built as elaborate tombs for Egyptian’s powerful rulers, not as grain elevators. That’s not opinion but, rather, based on what archeologists actually found inside the pyramids: mummified remains of their leaders, riches for the afterlife, and even written explanations in the Ancient Egyptian language explaining what the pyramid was and what was inside. It’s unclear how an objectively brilliant man, as Carson’s groundbreaking career as a neurosurgeon would suggest, could not believe in something so conclusively documented.

It’s a theory that’s so out there that Donald Trump couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous it was—vowing to use it in future attacks against Carson, who has climbed to neck-and-neck in recent polls with Trump.

Trump first learned of Carson’s beliefs during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and he was clearly pleased to find out the burgeoning story.

“You have informed me very interestingly about the pyramids,” Trump smirked. “I think I’ll have it put that into my repertoire when I talk to Ben.” Still incredulous, he added, “That was a strange deal.”

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republican debate

The third Republican debate will be aired on CNBC tomorrow at 8pm Eastern Time—and there’s plenty of things the informed voter should be looking for.

But here’s the five biggest questions that will, for better or worse, be answered tomorrow night:

Will Trump put his foot in his mouth again?

One of the most cringeworthy moments of the last debate was Donald Trump’s response to Carly Fiorina’s attacks.

Trump, asked to respond to his previous digs at Fiorina’s looks, said that she was a “beautiful woman”—which, based on the audience’s groans, shows he was the only one in the room that missed the entire point about not judging a candidate for her appearance.

Viewers were also surprised that Trump seemed to languish in the grueling three-hour debate, ceding the floor for more than 40 minutes at one point.

In the weeks after the debate, Trump’s numbers slid dramatically. While he remained in first place, and has seen a rebound in recent weeks, another so-so debate performance could hurt him again.

And with Ben Carson now nipping at his heels, Trump could risk losing his frontrunner status if he dips again.

Will Carson come out swinging?

Carson’s been criticized for being “low-energy” by Donald Trump—but he’s shot past Trump in the must-win first caucus state of Iowa in several recent polls.

As the frontrunner in the first state, he’ll be under more scrutiny—and increased attacks, especially from Donald Trump who will be looking to reclaim some of his lost magic in the Hawkeye State. Carson’s “nice guy” approach has gotten him far—but will he be able to go on the offense in order to stay on top?

Will Fiorina have another breakout performance?

Carly Fiorina was flying high after a tremendous performance during the last debate—with her poll numbers shooting all the way up to 15%, in a close third place.

But she’s plateaued since then, and she needs another post-debate bump to get back on top. Will she be able to deliver a strong enough to win back people who loved her in the last debate, but have drifted away since?

Will Bush deliver?

Jeb Bush has faced a mountain of negative press in recent days—with his campaign apparently laying off 40% of his staff.

The one-time frontrunner, who has been languishing in the polls, needs a jolt of energy if he’s going to get back on top.

His last two debate performances haven’t made much of an impact on voters. Will the two-term governor be able to show the Republican establishment that he’s worth betting on?

Will anyone new break out?

Candidates like Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and John Kasich have been stuck in the low-single digits for months—and are under increased pressure to show that they deserve to be on the stage.

With the first primaries just three months away, their breakout moment needs to be sooner rather than later.

A strong performance could help them surge—but a weak one could be the final nail in their presidential coffins

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Ben Carson is making waves for saying he’d love to see Roe v. Wade overturned—thus making abortion illegal.

But new reports from Carson’s political past are raising questions as to whether or not his pro-life stance is sincere.

Back in 1992, he appeared in a pro-life ad, for a group called “Vote Know” that was leading the fight against Maryland’s “Question 6” (which would throw out some key abortion-preventing law.)

But, facing criticism, he quickly rebuked the ad—saying he was misled by the people who filmed it, and that he didn’t realize it would be a political ad.

Even more curiously, he made his statements at a press conference with the group “Maryland for Choice”—which, like it sounds, was a driving force in trying to make abortion easier. Carson even stood at their podium, with their branding surrounding him, as he told the state of Maryland that he regretted appearing in the pro-life ad.

Federica Mathewes-Green, the former Vice President of Vote Know at the time, wrote that she was shocked by Carson’s rebuke—and how he chose to team up with their pro-choice opponents to criticize the ad.

“It was not just that he had second thoughts about the ad, but that he stood at Maryland for Choice’s podium to say so,” she explained. “We were bewildered and greatly saddened. And of course, ‘Even Dr. Carson says you lied’ became the inaccurate epithet thrown at us till the end of the campaign.”

Question 6 ultimately passed—meaning the pro-choice rules went into effect—and Carson’s rebuke was, apparently, not an insignificant part of that.

While Carson has gone on to be an advocate for pro-life values, the question remains: does he stand with his current comments or with his comments at the Maryland for Choice podium?

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Donald Trump is still the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President–but it looks like the once-untouchable candidate is falling to earth.

Trump, who has led every poll for months by increasingly larger shares of the vote, has fallen to second place in the latest IBD/TOPP poll–seven points behind pediatric neurosurgeon, Ben Carson.

24% of Republicans back Carson, and just 17% now support Trump.

While one poll could be an outlier–and it’s worth noting that this is, so far, the only poll that has Trump losing his edge–IBD/TIPP has a reputation for accuracy. In 2012, they were declared (after the election) to have had the most consistently correct polls.

But Trump’s numbers have been on the downswing since the second Republican debate, when he was largely seen as being wounded by attacks from former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, who is now in third place in the polls behind Trump and Carson. At one point during the debate, Trump went silent for 40 minutes as other opponents answered questions.

Part of Trump’s appeal is his reputation for saying what many Republicans were thinking–but no politician would say out loud. Trump’s business prowess and his unwillingness to apologize for his multi-billion dollar fortune also gave him a confident swagger than many people felt have been missing from America over the past several years.

As the election’s moved on, Trump’s had to rely less on his speaking and spell out more specifics–and, according to many, he’s fallen short. Many of his plans are more liberal than mainstream Republican ideas–and many have been panned by policy wonks as being unworkable.

Regardless of what happens with Donald Trump’s poll numbers in coming weeks, it’s at least clear that he’s no longer untouchable–and has his work cut out for him to restore some of his lost support.

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Only two Republican presidential candidates are leading Hillary Clinton in head-to-head polling–but it’s not who anyone would expect.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal and NBC News poll, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, are the only two Republicans in the polls who would beat Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one matchup if the election were held today.

Fiorina leads Clinton by one point, 45-44, and Carson also leads Clinton by one point, 46-45.

But what’s extremely telling is that the same poll shows the two media-appointed frontrunners for the nomination–businessman Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush–trailing Hillary.

While Bush trails Hillary by just one point, 45-44, Trump trails her by a huge margin of ten points, 49-39.

Hillary Clinton’s popularity–and her poll numbers–have continued to crater in recent months.

The problem for her is that she’s a known quantity–she’s been in public life for so long that, essentially, everyone who wants to vote for her is already in her camp.

Barring a Republican candidate that’s disliked by a large portion of the party, like Donald Trump or Jeb Bush, that leaves Hillary Clinton little room to grow.

So if she’s only pulling 44 or 45% of the vote–and trailing who might be her eventual challenger, even though they have far less name recognition than she does–that could spell doom for Hillary’s White House chances.


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