In an interview for GQ’s April issue, former pediatric neurosurgeon and Tea Party presidential hopeful Ben Carson went so far as to compare Islamist fighters in Syria to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Carson has no political experience; he has never been elected to office. That is not stopping him from trying to secure a position in the 2016 presidential race—and succeeding on some fronts to poll better than other GOP hopefuls such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida). He still, however, is behind potential presidential candidates Gov. Jebb Bush (R-Florida) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).
The magazine’s in-depth feature on Carson, titled “What If Sarah Palin Were a Brain Surgeon?” took place during his recent trip to Israel.
During the trip, Carson, his wife, Candy, and a group of aides and their spouses visited the Western Wall, where they lit a menorah with the mayor of Jerusalem. They then drove to the Golan Heights for a so-called “geopolitical strategic briefing.”
The meeting was held by three low-ranking members of the Israeli Defense Forces at an observation deck on Mount Bental, a common tourist destination.
The Israeli Lieutenant Colonel participating in the meeting claimed that most of the Islamist fighters were not Syrian, saying they come from Morocco and Europe.
"It's just like the troublemakers in Ferguson," Carson said in response.
This is not the first time Carson made a statement that sparked controversy.
Last month, in an interview with CNN, Carson said being gay is a choice “because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay.”
Carson issued an apology for that statement and said he would no longer discuss gay rights.
When it comes to Obamacare, Carson has been anything but quiet. He declared it “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery” and even referred to it as a form of slavery.
Carson has also likened America today to that of Nazi Germany, saying we live in a “Gestapo age.”
As for President Obama, Carson has gone so far as to call him a psychopath.
"He looks good," Armstrong Williams, the sometimes business manager of Carson, said during the 2015 State of the Union address by Obama. "He looks clean. Shirt's white. The tie. He looks elegant."
"Like most psychopaths," Carson said in response. "That's why they're successful. That's the way they look. They all look great."
Carson’s ignorance over the governmental structure of foreign nations -- Israel specifically -- came to light during his visit to the country, as Salon reported.
Carson asked the young Israeli woman who would be his guide while in Israel how the Israeli government is structured.
”In the United States, we have Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — what do you have?” Carson asked.
The guide explained that the Likud, Labor, and other small parties are all a part of Israel’s political scene and try to establish power in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.
“And what is the role of the Knesset?” Carson asked.
A thorough explanation was given to Carson on the role of the Knesset, to which he replied: “It sounds complex. Why don’t they just adopt the system we have?”