On Wednesday, veteran anchor Bill O’Reilly spoke to Dr. Ben Carson on his Fox News program. The 2016 Presidential hopeful has gotten a bit of bad press in the past week, after making quite a controversial statement about NFL wife beater, Ray Rice.
While the rest of the nation was collectively appalled over the gruesome footage of Rice beating his then fiance unconscious, Carson defended him, saying, “Let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy. He obviously has some real problems. And his wife obviously knows that because she subsequently married him.”
O’Reilly questioned Carson on his sympathy towards Rice, asking the former neurosurgeon, “Shouldn’t we demonize him and others like him to send a message that this can’t happen in America, this kind of violence?”
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Carson had an answer for O’Reilly which seemed to align with his Christian faith as well as his own personal experiences. He remarked:
“Well I’m not sure that demonizing people is ever the right thing to do. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think appropriate punishment should be given. We’re all punished for what we do. There are consequences for bad behavior. But, you also need to recognize that these are human beings – we’re all human beings. You know, I remember as a teenager trying to stab someone. Had it not been for that belt buckle, I probably would have been in jail.”
This is quite a startling admission from someone like Carson, who is admired the world over for his intelligence, character and integrity. He was raised by a single mother in an underprivileged home, so it’s not entirely surprising to hear of his brush with violence, though it’s not what you’d expect coming from the distinguished Johns Hopkins doctor.
Does Carson’s personal experience help explain why he defended Ray Rice? Does it change your opinion of him? Tell us what you think in the comments section!