Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign has had some setbacks recently. Three top aides walked out, and 20 staffers followed. There are rumblings that his business manager Armstrong Williams, whose spin leaves something to be desired, was a big reason for the exodus.
And yet, Carson’s campaign continues. And because I love Jay Pharoah’s impression of the esteemed doctor on SNL, I can’t really say I’m upset about it.
So what was Carson’s next move following the shake up? Speaking at an elementary school and asking the fifth-graders to point out the stupidest kid in their class.
“As a fifth grader, I was a horrible student,” Carson said. “Anybody here in fifth grade? Who’s the worst student?”
No really. That happened. He asked that question. And kids are kids, so they totally obliged him — 12 or so ten-year-olds pointed at the same classmate, outing him as “the dumb one” per Carson’s request.
W/ crowd of 500 @RealBenCarson just called out to 5th grade class: who's dumbest kid in class? At least half dozen kids point to 1 student.
— Timothy Meinch (@timeinch) January 7, 2016
In all fairness, it started with good intentions. Carson was trying to say that he was the dumb kid in 5th grade, and look at him now! Anything is possible! If you’re the dumb kid in 5th grade, you too can proudly state your belief that prisons turn men gay and make up stories about trying to knife your mom in your early teens.
The issue, then, is that Carson’s campaign has been one incident of the man sticking his foot into his big, yawning mouth after another. And instead of owning up to the fact that everything he says is either batsh*t insane, flat-out wrong, or a completely made-up lie about his childhood, he comes up with excuses that are even worse than Donald Trump. Honestly, that’s impressive.
If a man thinks it’s a good idea to ask fifth graders who the dumb kid in class is in order to prove a point about himself, then a man thinks he still stands a chance in hell when his campaign manager leaves a month before the Iowa caucus and announces that Trump is going to be the Republican nominee.
So relax, America. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump will not hold the most powerful position in the land. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will go home empty-handed. Jeb Bush will fail where his father and brother succeeded. Get used to your new president: Dr. Ben Carson, Accidental Insulter of Fifth-Graders.