Carson: Hitler could happen in US
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday that a government like Nazi Germany’s could reign over the United States.
Carson argued during a campaign stop in New Hampshire that a similar regime is possible in any nation that relinquishes its freedoms.
“I beg to differ,” he said after proposing that scenario is impossible in America, according to CNN.
“If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech,” Carson said.
“If people don’t speak up for what they believe, then other people will change things without them having a voice,” the retired neurosurgeon added.
“Hitler changed things there and nobody protested. Nobody provided any opposition to him.”
Carson refused to comment on Wednesday afternoon about the modern-day American who he thinks most resembles Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
“I’m not going to go into that,” he said without elaborating further. “I think the example is pretty clear.”
Carson then rejected the idea that his speech was referencing President Obama’s White House.
“No,” he said when a reporter asked if he was comparing Obama to Hitler.
“I am saying in a situation where people do not express themselves, bad things can happen,” Carson added.
The White House hopeful has repeatedly courted controversy over his frank campaign rhetoric since launching his 2016 Oval Office bid last May.
He sparked national debate last week, for example, by declaring he would not accept a Muslim presidential candidate.
Carson has since repeatedly charged that he was rejecting public servants who place the tenets of Islam over the Constitution.
Voter enthusiasm for Carson is currently surging across multiple national polls. He presently ranks second out of 15 GOP presidential candidates with 16.3 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.