Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson recently made the assertion on a Iowa conservative radio show that the “purpose” behind Margaret Sanger’s founding of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood was to “eliminate black people,” and also questioned whether or not President Barack Obama realizes that.
While the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon was going in and out of reception during his phone interview with radio host Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Mickelson played a clip of an Obama speech from last year where the president defended Planned Parenthood and even said “Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”
When Carson re-established cell phone connection, he was asked to comment on the president’s remarks.
You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people…..That was the whole purpose of it.”
Mickelson then played an audio clip of 2016 Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009, when she was awarded the Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award. In her acceptance speech, Clinton gave high praises to Sanger even though Sanger was known for advocating racist ideals. Clinton stated:
I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision,…… I am really in awe of her.”
Mickelson responded by saying how hypocritical it is for people to destroy Confederate flags and Confederate tombstones but still continue to honor Sanger. Carson replied to the Clinton soundbite by stating that the soundbite will most surely be used against her in the general election, no matter who the Republican nominee turns out to be. Carson further argued:
I am delighted to have her saying that on tape because if I am a nominee and we are in the race, believe me that quotation that she just said will come back and it will be in a context that people can understand,…..She has done us a great favor right there … That is a ticking time bomb and of course, her whole relationship with Saul Alinsky.
In the wake of the media explosion surrounding the revelation that Planned Parenthood is bartering aborted babies’ body parts, Mickelson played a clip of MSNBC hosts defending Planned Parenthood by comparing its selling of babies’ body parts to donating body parts to science. In response, Carson said that society has gotten so “desensitized” to the destruction of life that it is no longer appalled by such heinous revelations.
We have reached a time where people are so desensitized where they are not horrified by this kind of activity,…..We’ve allowed the secular progressive movement to [desensitize society] to the point where things are no longer wrong.”
Carson stated that the pro-life movement should see the recent Planned Parenthood revelation as a “smoking gun” to push for the defunding of the leading abortion company, which receives about $500 million in taxpayer funding each year. Carson went on to contend that:
If we can’t defund Planned Parenthood after this, we are lost. We are just in the wilderness forever. I think the appropriate response is to focus our attention on it because they will try to divert the attention and move on to something else and we cannot allow that to happen,…..This is the smoking gun and we have always known what kind of organization this is and how anti-life they are and we can also use this to help women understand that they are being manipulated…..They are being told that ‘if you can’t kill your baby, then somebody is against you.’ When in fact, the woman is the protector of that baby,” “This is one of the sacred relationships of humanity.”
As liberals consistently make the claim that conservatives “are on the wrong side of history” on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and Obamacare, Carson explained that the notion is an “Alinsky tactic” used by those trying to silence the opposition.
They love to put the narrative out in such a way that you think it is a done deal so that you will settle down and accept it. We absolutely cannot do that,” That is why [Benjamin] Franklin and [Thomas] Jefferson were so adamant about the fact that our freedom and our way of life is dependent upon an informed and educated populous and if it is not you can pull wool over their eyes and that is what a lot of people have been doing.”