Dr. Ben Carson is sick and tired of the specious attacks on his character and his campaign that he’s been dealing with from the liberal media over the last few days. On Meet the Press, Carson took a few minutes to speak with reporter Chris Jansing about some of the questions that have come up about Carson’s biography. In what may be the most heated moments any of us have witnessed (from Ben Carson), the presidential candidate explains that the attacks are wholly ridiculous. Carson also says that he believes the media should be vetting the candidates (including himself), but that the amount of scrutiny these little anecdotes are facing is beyond the pale. In fact, Carson argues that other recent Presidents have not come close to facing this kind of scrutiny during their runs for office.
(And he’s right… we still don’t know what kind of grades Obama got in college or why there seem to be so many discrepancies in his past.)
Ben Carson: I have always said that I expect to be vetted. But being vetted and what is going on with me, “You said this 30 years ago, you said this 20 years ago, this didn’t exist, this didn’t.” You know, I just, I have not seen that with anyone else. Or if you can show me where that’s happened with someone else, I will take that statement back.
Chris Jansing: I think almost every person who has been president would–
Ben Carson: No, not like this. I have never seen this before. And many other people who are politically experienced tell me they’ve never seen it before either.
Chris Jansing: You don’t think that Bill Clinton or the president with his birth certificate, people who still–
Ben Carson: No, not like this.
Chris Jansing: Refuse to believe?
Ben Carson: Not even close.
Chris Jansing: So what do you think is going on? Why you?
Ben Carson: Because I’m a threat.
Chris Jansing: To?
Ben Carson: To the progressives, the secular progressive movement in this country. I’m a very big threat because they can look at the polling data and they can see that I’m the candidate who’s most likely to be able to beat Hillary Clinton. They see that.