When the Southern Poverty Law Center infamously labeled retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, at the time a candidate in the GOP primary for president and one of the most respected men in America, a “hater” for his traditional Christian values, the public outrage prompted a quick retreat.
Now another organization, Right Wing Watch, funded by leftist billionaire George Soros, has gone down the same path.
But it wasn’t the “hater” label applied to Carson; it was “grifter.”
The report from Brian Tashman was headlined “Trump picks fellow unqualified grifter and conspiracy theorist Ben Carson for HUD.”
Dictionaries define the word as someone who runs a side show at a circus, or “a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like.”
That was just the start.
Referencing Trump’s announcement to nominate Carson for a federal role, the report said: “In November, Carson’s spokesman said that the former neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate didn’t want to pursue a role in the Trump administration because he has no relevant experience in managing a federal agency and the ‘last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.’ Trump himself has compared Carson to a child molester, questioned his mental stability and suggested that he is pathologically violent.”
The report said Carson, “much like Trump, has embraced one conspiracy theory after another, no matter how strange.”
The site linked Carson to campaign aides allegedly “defrauding donors” and his involvement “in a business venture that sold quack cures to people with cancer, ALS and other diseases.”
“As we’ve reported, Carson claimed during his campaign that the gay rights movement ‘was part of a wider anti-American, anti-God, anti-Constitution plot conjured up by communist subversives and the New World Order’ and stunningly stated that prison rape proves homosexuality is a choice,” the site claimed.
It charged Carson with making “bizarre claims” and calling on the government to “stop recognizing Supreme Court rulings.” The site also criticized his pronunciation of Hamas and blasted his concerns over President Obama’s governance.
WND CEO Joseph Farah wrote a commentary about the SPLC’s earlier smear, when it listed Carson as a “hater.”
“Apparently, the racketeering outfit that poses as a ‘progressive’ civil liberties group realized it had crossed a bridge too far in its smear efforts against, quite possibly, the most respected black leader in America (and, yes, I include Barack Obama and all members of his administration and frequent White House visitors such as Al Sharpton),” he said.
“The group’s stock-in-trade is raising hundreds of millions of dollars through fanning the flames of phantom threats posed almost exclusively by those who love America and its Constitution. The others are a collection of actual scum-of-the-earth racists, neo-Nazis and other certifiable lunatics who, through guilt by association, are intended to reflect badly on the liberty proponents and Christians and Jews on the list, who are the SPLC’s real targets.
“The ultimate objective with SPLC is raising money – big money. It does this through lawsuits – lots of lawsuits, occasionally even on behalf of real victims of racism. It pockets most of the money raised through heart-wrenching direct-mail pitches,” he noted.
“The most famous example was a judgment SPLC won for a black woman whose son was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. While Morris Dees and company raised $9 million sending out solicitation letters featuring a gruesome picture of the victim, the mom received a total of $51,875 in the settlement. Dees pays himself more than $280,000 a year from the ‘charity.'”
He wrote, “In falling on its own sword with regard to removing Dr. Carson from its hate list, the SPLC acknowledged it is indeed vulnerable to public opinion.”