Someone needs to remind Ben Carson of that rule, though. Because he did just the opposite when speaking at a book promotion event last year, as a recently-released video clearly proves.
Carson actually said “Many Americans are stupid.”
That political commentary took a much-sharper turn when, at the 17:19 mark in the video below, an unseen audience member, who identified himself as Danny Espinosa, asks Carson:
“With Washington politics being a fraternity of closed memberships, if you run (for president) as an independent, what do you think that would do to the Republican vote if you don’t get the Republican nomination?”
"(Republicans) underestimated the intelligence of the American people. The people are not as stupid as they think they are.
Many of them are stupid. Okay. But I'm talking about overall."
Just as weight-bearing as Carson’s insulting comment, though, is the fact that Republicans launched a crusade against Democrats for making a similar statement last year.
In November 2014 Jonathan Gruber, an economist who advised development of both the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare and “Romneycare” (Massachusetts’ healthcare plan), offered this comment at the Annual Health Economics Conference:
"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage, and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the (Affordable Care Act) to pass.”
That incident became known as “Grubergate,” and public calls for everything short of Gruber’s public execution quickly followed. Media ranging from the right wing’s Daily Caller to mainstream media of CBS, Washington Post and CNN huddled together in criticism. Shoot, Forbes published a personalized attack on Gruber in a six-part series.
But where are those media today in criticism of Carson’s comment? Which was not only of the same context, but was even made before Gruber’s?
More importantly, though – where is the Republican Party’s response to Carson’s comment?