As a neurosurgeon, Ben Carson is used to operating on brains. Good thing he doesn’t have to operate on his own because he’d never find it. In his latest tour through alternate reality, Carson seems to be suggesting that you wouldn’t want to push an antigay baker to make your wedding cake because you could end up being poisoned.
Carson had just wrapped up a rousing speech at Rep. Steve King’s Iowa jamboree for Republican presidential candidates when he launched into a rant at a press conference against gay marriage and the brave bakers who are fighting it.
“What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say ‘they’re discriminating against me,’” Carson groused. “So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let’s bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don’t believe in it. Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake.”
Apparently, Carson’s staff thought this was a great joke because, really, what’s funnier than the idea of so-called Christians killing gay people. The Hill, which reported this attempt at humor, noted that while Carson’s staff chuckled, the comment met with “dead silence from the journalists in the room.”
Of course, Carson sealed his reputation as a rising star in the GOP firmament by comparing marriage equality to pedophilia and bestiality. In case you think Carson is too fringe for the party faithful, The Hill notes that his Iowa speech received a standing ovation.