Dr. Ben Carson, one of the newest darlings of the right, may have helped his potential aspirations to be the Republican presidential nominee, while at the same time destroying any chance he may have had to get elected. Carson is perhaps the only high profile media figure willing to defend the behavior of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
This may endear him to some, especially the misogynistic portion of the GOP base, but it is not likely to win the doctor any fans amongst the larger voting populace.
Carson spoke to Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV via phone , and when Malzberg asks him about Rice’s domestic violence incident, in light of the video released by TMZ, Carson has this to say:
Let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy. He obviously has some real problems.
But excusing Rice’s actions by saying that he has “some real problems” isn’t good enough for the doctor. He has to lay some of the blame at the feet of the victim. Carson continues:
And his wife obviously knows that, because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help. And rather than jumping on a punitive bandwagon, let’s see if we can get some help for these people.
Ray Rice definitely needs “some help.” But Carson suggests that since Janay Palmer married him, it must be because she loves him and knows he needs help. He makes no mention of the possibility that Palmer lives in fear of Rice, or that she could be concerned that she could wind up like Kasandra Perkins, who was killed by her boyfriend, Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. Carson says that Palmer needs help, too.
Maybe he thinks she needs help in learning how to better dodge a punch?
Here’s the video of Carson’s comments, from Newsmax TV: