Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'
March 12th, 2014
04:31 PM ET
7 months ago

Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'

(CNN) – Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.

Asked to elaborate on his previous comments about the U.S. living in "a Gestapo age," the conservative firebrand argued the country has become "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 Monday with the conservative news outlet Breitbart.

His comments came at the New York Meeting, a gathering of conservative politicians, journalists and business leaders.

Carson, who came in third in the GOP presidential nomination straw poll at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, has been a fierce critic of the administration on the IRS controversy. The tax agency admitted last year to scrutinizing conservative political groups, though it maintains the error was not done out of political bias.

"You had the government using its tools to intimidate the population," Carson said. "We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe."

The neurosurgeon gained political fame after he publicly criticized some of President Barack Obama's policies in front of the President at last year's National Prayer Breakfast.

He quickly became a GOP star and was sometimes mentioned as a potential presidential candidate.

But he lost some of that star power after making controversial comments last year. In one instance he compared the federal health care law to "slavery."

And he sparked strong backlash when he equated homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality during a television interview about same-sex marriage. Facing loud opposition, he apologized and withdrew from speaking gigs at Johns Hopkins medical school and an event for the American Academy of Physicians Assistants.

As proven by last week's straw poll results at CPAC, however, Carson still has support among the conservative wing of the base.

In the interview Monday, Carson said people are afraid to speak "because of the PC police," and he blamed politicians as well as the news media.

"All of these things are combining to stifle people's conversations," he said.

He argued that if people "are afraid to talk," they'll never reach consensus and they'll grow further apart. "That's exactly what's happening, creating a horrible schism that will destroy our nation if we don't fix it."

Asked if he was interested in a White House bid, Carson said "I wouldn't mind going as a visitor."


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    All I can say USA consists of bunch of uneducated, war mongering racial idiots bought by Koch, Fox News etc. True

    March 12, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. jinx9to88

    Why on earth can these clowns from the GOP say this kind of stuff but if a Dem says this they crucified my the media?

    March 12, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. AL

    People are afraid to say what they really believe? Really? Apparently Carson never reads newspapers, magazines, web sites, never watches TV, never interacts with people. The US is nothing like Nazi Germany. I'm not being politically correct about this either. Perhaps Carson (and others with the same misguided view of history) should actually go live under a dictator for a while, actually experience it, then see if they can still spout such BS.

    March 12, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    "because of the PC police,"
    ---------------------------–
    Calling Ted Nugent out for calling the POTUS a subhuman mongral should be checked. That's not disagreeing with his policies. That's pure hatred. That's all the right wing is about when it comes to THIS President. First he's Hitler. No he's Stalin. Uh huh! He's a dictator(but he's weak). Show me a RWNJ with something positive to say about the President, and I'll tell you where Flight 370 is.

    March 12, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Name

    Not helpful. I like this man and respect him but this comment is just plain dumb and offensive. Marginalizing the deaths of 10 million is ridiculous and stupid.

    March 12, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Mr. Carson obviously knows nothing about Nazi Germany yet he is so willing to make the comparison.

    March 12, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Stupid is as stupid does. I always thought you would have to be smart to be a neurosurgeon. Guess not.

    March 12, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. rs

    The GOP is simply insane. Nazi Germany? Really? Meanwhile Mr. Carson, which party wants laws enshrining discrimination? The ending of Civil Rights and Voting Rights? Who's the Nazi?

    March 12, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. carlos

    Where do conservatives find these people?

    March 12, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    The fact that he is nuts explains why conservatives love him.

    March 12, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.

    Why do the neocon ultra conservatives such as Ben Carson refer to the United States as Nazi Germany ?

    I believe it's in there financial interest to use the fear card , after all it was the GW Bush / Dick Cheney administration who charted the corse of secrecy in government .

    He argued that if people "are afraid to talk," they'll never reach consensus and they'll grow further apart. "That's exactly what's happening, creating a horrible schism that will destroy our nation if we don't fix it."

    WMD's , Freedom Fry's ?

    March 12, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. ????

    "In the interview Monday, Carson said people are afraid to speak "because of the PC police," and he blamed politicians as well as the news media."

    He is absolutely right. Try expressing an opinion doubting climate change. The thought Gestapo will try to lynch you.

    March 12, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Independent

    Anyone NOT liking living in the U.S is free to pack their bags and leave. The comparison to the U.S and Nazi Germany is the most idiotic and outlandish comment, this shows what goes through the minds of these extreme right-wing simpletons. Too much Tea? Tea Party = Corporate American fascism cloaked as 'patriotism'.

    March 12, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    If the U.S. were really like Nazi Germany, you would be so unable to say what you actually believe, you'd be on a train to an extermination camp out in the middle of nowhere.

    March 12, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Would You Look at That

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House
    "because of the PC police,"
    ---------–
    Calling Ted Nugent out for calling the POTUS a subhuman mongral should be checked. That's not disagreeing with his policies. That's pure hatred. That's all the right wing is about when it comes to THIS President. First he's Hitler. No he's Stalin. Uh huh! He's a dictator(but he's weak). Show me a RWNJ with something positive to say about the President, and I'll tell you where Flight 370 is.
    ---------
    President Obama has a great golf game, is well traveled, and is pretty dang smart when it comes to talking college basketball. Where's the wrecked plane?

    March 12, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    Correction:

    Poor little Dr. Carson – he can't handle any blowback from his outrageous statements.

    Newsflash, Bub: This ISN'T Nazi Germany; it is a country that guarantees my free speech right to tell you you are full of it.

    March 12, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    I was so inspired by Dr. Carson's story (great job, Cuba Gooding, Jr!). And I guess he's a brilliant doctor.

    But the rest of it? Yuck – he's a royal idiot!

    March 12, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. O'drama ya Mama

    All you have to do is use some really extreme terminology and you get the RWNJ all fired up! Whats next? Is he gonna throw in some comment about jesus on the cross next?

    March 12, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    This man is a superb doctor but he's an idiot when it comes to teaklan rhetoric. I wouldn't let him get near any family member.
    It's your teaklans, carson, who want to rule the US and are against all human rights for its citizens (women, seniors, the poor, children, veterans, disabled, etc., etc.)

    March 12, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Would You Look At That: President Obama has a great golf game, is well traveled, and is pretty dang smart when it comes to talking college basketball. Where's the wrecked plane?"

    Only a dim-bulb like yourself would except others (dim bulbs, too, I guess) to not what you posted as an insult.

    You and all your RWNJ cohorts just can't accept the fact that you're being used by the gop and folks like the Koch brothers, all of whom don't give a rat's fanny about anything except money nor anyone except their fellow 1%ers.

    March 12, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Alex

    Carson is a great example of how not all surgeons are actually capable of critical thinking.

    March 12, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    First, Rangel makes his comment about an apartment explosion in Harlem being "our 9/11" and now, this lunatic steps up and compares the current U.S. to nazi Germany.

    Does Hallmark have an e-card that celebrates "National Moron Day"?

    March 12, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Tom

    Great! Keep it up Ben Carson. The 2016 Republican Presidential primary race is shaping up just like 2012 and 2008 - a contest to crown the craziest Republican. Need I remind you how the 2012 and 2008 elections turned out?

    March 12, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    If the US were really anything like Nazi Germany, this guy would be practicing in a concentration camp.

    March 12, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. tom l

    I respect this man greatly but this is just plain stupid and offensive. There are no comparisons to Nazis. None. Until someone invades multiple countries, tries to annihilate a race and murders 10 million people, the analogy is always a fail and usually offensive.

    March 12, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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