Ben Carson On Planned Parenthood Shooting: ‘There is no Saint Here in This Equation’
Republican reactions to the mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs Friday continue to emerge at a bare trickle, but none of them have been all that surprising. On Sunday morning’s This Week, fading Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson followed the victim-blaming template set forth by Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger while the shootings were still going on. Like Kinzinger, Carson was asked to react to a statement from the state director of Planned Parenthood, and his reply was oddly familiar:
RADDATZ: Dr. Carson, the Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain Vicki Cowart said that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.
Do you agree with that?
CARSON: Unfortunately, there’s a lot of extremism coming from all areas. It’s one of the biggest problems that I think is threatening to — to tear our country apart. We — we get into our separate corners and we hate each other, we want to destroy those with whom we disagree.
It comes from both sides. So, you know, there is — there is no saint here in this — in this equation.
But what we really have to start asking ourselves is what can we do as a nation to rectify this situation?
How can we begin to engage in rational discussion?
You know, all you have to do is go to the — an article on the Internet and go to the comments section, you don’t get five comments down before people start calling each other names and acting like idiots, you know.
Aside from the obvious differences, like the fact that no cops have ever been killed in a comments section or that no one from Planned Parenthood is making up stories about watching a movie in which Republicans commit a murder, Carson’s reply bears an almost verbatim similarity to…READ MORE