If Ben Carson’s behavior is any indication, the GOP’s summer of farcical nativism and right-wing extremism is far from over. Carson had a Tuesday event crowd in stitches with an apologist slavery “joke,” quipping cheekily: “[L]ike nobody else had it.”
Then, if that weren’t enough,he proceeded to facetiously diminish the “slaughter” of “all the Indians” and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Fully warmed-up, Dr. Carson got waist-deep in some revisionist history:
Fact of the matter is: The vast majority of Indians — or, Native Americans — were slaughtered by the diseases that were brought here, against which they did not have immunity.
“Is Rob Portman’s connection to Ben Carson a problem?” asked a recent Cincinnati Enquirer headline.
Here’s a better question: Is the damage Ben Carson and Donald Trump are doing to the GOP repairable?