Ben Carson, author of book about the Constitution, incorrectly states that …

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ben Carson Praises Thomas Jefferson For ‘Crafting Our Constitution’ (He Didn’t).

Of America’s founding fathers, Ben Carson is most moved by Thomas Jefferson, partly because of the way he “tried to craft our Constitution,” the retired neurosurgeon said this weekend. “But I’m particularly impressed with Thomas Jefferson, who seemed to have very deep insight into the way that people would react and tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s national tendencies and control the natural growth of the government,” Carson said. Ben Carson may want to brush up on his American history before his next interview, especially if one of his favorite topics — the Founding Fathers — comes up.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, already under fire for his foreign policy acumen, is now being criticized for his grasp of history, particularly that of Thomas Jefferson. In fact, Carson noted Jefferson’s absence in his book, “A More Perfect Union,” writing that he was “missing in action” during the birth of the Constitution as he served abroad as an ambassador to France. Just a few weeks ago, Carson tried to diffuse criticism of his lack of political experience by saying that “every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” That statement is totally false, as a number of signers had been elected to political office prior to 1770, and that included Jefferson. The Washington Post, which reported on Carson’s flub, also noted that “it’s not the first time Carson has abused Jefferson’s history.” The Post reported: “Thomas Jefferson himself said, ‘Gun control works great for the people who are law-abiding citizens and it does nothing for the criminals, and all it does is put the people at risk,’” he told Fox’s Neil Cavuto after the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. in early October.

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