Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican candidate for president and former neurosurgeon, says, "I am not politically correct. I will not be politically correct." This approach to his campaign has helped him secure second place in polls taken of likely Republican voters, trailing only Donald Trump. But will it play well in a national election?
Carson recently explained his non-PC attitude in an interview with The Hill. “I want people to see me as an honest person, a person who is actually
willing to express what they believe” Carson said. “The way I look at
it, if people don’t like that, I’d rather not be in office." But are the things Carson is saying really what most Americans believe?
For instance, Carson drew criticism for remarks he made about the Nazis. In his new book, Carson writes that the Holocaust would have been less deadly had the German citizens been armed. Last week, he told CNN, "The likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed." And, this past Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation, he explained his remarks were not "hyperbole at all." He continued, "Whether it’s on our doorstep or whether
it’s 50 years away, it's still a concern and it’s something that we must
guard against. That’s one of the real purposes of having a
constitution. I think the founders were really quite insightful into
looking at possibilities and understanding what has happened in other
places and trying to put together something that would prevent that from
The Nazis slaughtered more than six million Jews, and no group would be more sensitive to such a threat than the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism. But they oppose using the Nazis in America's gun control debate. The organization's director, Abe Foxman, said in 2013, "The idea that supporters of
gun control are doing something akin to what Hitler’s Germany did to
strip citizens of guns in the run-up to the Second World War is
historically inaccurate and offensive, especially to Holocaust survivors
and their families."
Apparently, the Nazis are Carson's go-to metaphor. In March, 2014, he was asked by Breitbart News about his claims that Americans are living in a "Gestapo age." He responded, “Very much like Nazi Germany - and I know you’re not supposed to talk
about Nazi Germany but I don’t care about political correctness - you
had a government using its tools to intimidate a population,” he said. “We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.” Is Carson really being honest, or is he pandering to an audience?