Over the past couple of days, retired neurosurgeon and GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson has had to deal with more of his past stupid comments coming back to haunt him. In this instance, a 1998 commencement speech he gave at Andrews University popped up, showing the good doctor claiming that the pyramids in Egypt were not built as tombs for pharaohs, but were instead erected by biblical figure Joseph as super-large grain silos. In a conversation with CBS News Wednesday night, Carson confirmed that he still believes this.
In Carson’s mind, the placement of hermetically sealed compartments in the pyramids prove that his theory is correct, archaeologists be damned. Of course, the fact that the pyramids are mostly solid rock with comparatively little open space inside and beneath them should blow a huge hole in this notion. However, since Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, nothing can sway him from the thought that everything has to be related to some totally true story in the Bible.
On Thursday morning, the hosts and panelists of MSNBC’s Morning Joe spent a segment talking about Carson’s out-there comments and why he is doubling down on them. Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson stated that the surging Republican candidate’s remarks left him speechless. He also said that his belief about the pyramids will open Carson up to a lot of follow-up questions about his understanding of world history.
Meanwhile, host and GOP cheerleader Joe Scarborough was even less blunt in his commentary over Carson’s craziness. Speaking to Robinson, he said that Carson should have just said he was “drunk” when he first made that speech and that he doesn’t believe in that anymore. It then led to Scarborough saying he wants the White House hopeful to speak more about his beliefs, specifically on his thoughts on the Earth’s age.
“In this case, I kind of want to know now how old Ben Carson thinks the earth is. If you say something like that you, for a conservative, opened the door. Do you believe the earth is 5,000 years old. Do you believe its billions of years old? Because this is some really, really quirky stuff…I want to know if he thinks Noah built the Eiffel Tower.”
Ha! I usually despise Joe, but this is pretty funny. Of course, it should be pointed out that Carson’s main Republican competitor, Donald Trump, was scheduled to appear later in the show. And Joe, always the Trump sycophant, was likely just setting the table for The Donald so he could lay into Carson during his call-in. (Which is exactly what he did.) But still, you give credit where it’s due, and Joe rightfully called Carson out on his insanity.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC: