Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson went toe-to-toe with the hosts of “The View” on Tuesday.
It wasn’t a standard presidential-candidate interview.
Whoopi Goldberg’s first two questions to the soft-spoken Republican were: No. 1, if he ever yells; and No. 2, about his claim that “Nazi Germany could happen here.”
“That’s not what I said,” Carson protested.
“What I said was that most of the people in Nazi Germany did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? No,” he explained.
“They kept their mouths shut. And when you do that, you are compromising your freedom and the freedom of people who come behind you. You have to be willing to stand up for what you believe in.”
Goldberg pointed out that there were people who pushed back against Adolf Hitler, citing the White Rose Society. Carson maintained that the German public didn’t speak up enough.
Another co-host, Joy Behar, then pressed Carson on the topic of evolution.
“I was reading that you don’t believe in evolution,” Behar told Carson. “What I want to say to you is — don’t take this wrong Mrs. Carson, I’m not asking for a date — but how do you feel about taking a trip to the Museum of Natural History with me? We could do like a little walk through and have a discussion about it.”
Carson said that he “would be happy” to go with Behar to the American Museum of Natural History. He added that he’s already had debates with Nobel laureates on the issue.
“Let me explain. Let me explain,” he began after Behar brought up fossil records. “Microevolution vs. macroevolution are two different things.”
Behar wasn’t eager for that particular scientific discussion.
“This is too in the weeds for us right now,” she said. “Let’s just go on the date.”
Later, Carson was also confronted by host Michelle Collins for saying he didn’t know how he would handle Hurricane Joaquin as president.
“The look on your press secretary’s face was hilarious and priceless and we love her,” Collins said of the interview in which Carson made the comment.
She then displayed a photo of Carson’s press secretary looking incredulously at the candidate.
“That’s like my favourite reaction of maybe all time,” she said. “But do you have an answer now?”
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