Racists normally love Ben Carson: Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and even former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Coretta Scott King even called out for his racism. However, Iowa Republican Steve King did not have love for Carson when he was running for president. King called Carson a “cerebral individual” and even prematurely said his campaign was in the tank before Carson announced.
Back in November of 2015, King refused to endorse Carson or Trump, saying, “It’s going to be harder for either one of them to see what’s going on in Washington, D.C., in K street, in the network. What’s going on in the House and Senate and how does that get leveraged from the executive branch. I don’t hear either one of them talking about the balance of powers between the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches of government. And I don’t hear them talking about Supreme Court appointments.” He then called Carson a “cerebral individual.”
To make matters worse, when Carson’s presidential campaign was bombing, he told the people in his state of Iowa that Carson’s campaign was basically over — this happened on the day of the Iowa caucuses. King told the wildly racist TheBlaze TV, “I thought I had an obligation to give people a chance to know. I didn’t have any idea how anybody would even know that [information] information in time to change their judgment and their vote.”
Carson whined on Twitter at the time, writing, “Shameless tactics & dirty political plays defined yesterday’s #iacaucus. There is no place for this kind of behavior.”
Of course Carson has not spoken out about King’s comments. The proud racist said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Tim Scott, who is the only Black senator in the GOP, did call on King in thee The Washington Post, babbling, “When people with opinions similar to King’s open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole. They want to be treated with fairness for some perceived slights but refuse to return the favor to those on the other side.” He continued, “Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism — it is because of our silence when things like this are said.”
The piece was completely disingenuous considering back in March, the South Carolina Senator said about Trump in an interview with Politico, “I am not unaware of the president’s past,’ he tell me. A long pause. ‘Do you think he’s a racist?’ I ask. Scott shakes his head. ‘I don’t. I don’t,’ he replies. ‘Is he racially insensitive? Yes. But is he a racist? No.'”
From Scott to Carson, these Black Republicans choose to remain clueless.