There are plenty of reasons why Carson isn’t fit to be the president, you just have to open your eyes.
Carson has a tendency to say things that can generously be called “detached.” For instance, he’s claimed that Obama’s America is like Nazi Germany. He’s also said that prisoners prove being gay is a choice, and that gay people are like murderers.
This is the guy who claimed that we can just “slip” the Palestinians in Egypt when nobody is looking.
Carson, like most right-wingers, likes to imagine himself as a zealous and stalwart defender of Israel. Like most right-wingers, Carson is also profoundly incurious about the world. These two things, put together, lead to yet another foreign policy blunder highlighted in the April Issue of GQ.
Carson, it seems, lacks even a rudimentary understanding of Israel’s basic political dynamics. While waiting to catch a flight to Tel Aviv in December, Carson struck up a conversation with an Israeli guide, asking her, “In the United States, we have Republicans, Democrats, and independents — what do you have?”
The guide explained that the Likud, Labor, and other, smaller parties are part of Israel’s political scene and often compete for power in Israel’s parliament, called the Knesset. This is because Israel has a sane form of government, unlike the United States, with our hilariously stupid two-party/first-through-the-gate system.
Carson, however, didn’t feel that way. What follows feels like a joke, and in many ways, it is. Carson asked his guide what the “role of the Knesset” was, prompting an explanation by the guide (being a parliamentary body, it serves a similar purpose to Congress).
Once she was finished, Carson, presumably bemused, told her, “It sounds complex. Why don’t they just adopt the system we have?”