Ben Carson made a couple headlines Wednesday.
His campaign began in Exeter, New Hampshire, where the Republican presidential candidate — polling second only to Donald Trump — was holding a town hall, and suggested that a Nazi-like government could take over the United States.
As CNN reported, Carson noted that many believe what took place in Germany during Adolf Hitler’s reign would be impossible today in the United States.
“I beg to differ,’’ Carson said. “If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech.’’
Carson said he was not comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler, but “in a situation where people do not express themselves, bad things can happen.’’
After the town hall ended, an ABC News reporter asked Carson what steps he would take if he were president to deal with Hurricane Joaquin, a storm that officials warn is expected to hit the East Coast this week.
“Uh, I don’t know,’’ the retired neurosurgeon responded with a giggle, according to the report, which juxtaposed Carson’s answer to the “rather detailed response’’ from fellow Republican Jeb Bush, who was also campaigning Wednesday in the Granite State.
Carson’s next stop was another town hall at the University of New Hampshire, in front of an audience “full of white voters, a mix of graying baby boomers and college-age millennials,’’ reported NPR.
Describing his childhood, Carson recalled how “everybody’’ would throw rocks at cars and then encourage old people to chase after them.
He went on to describe how sometimes police would come in unmarked cars, and how he and others would elude them by jumping over 10-foot-tall fences.
“Now that was back in the days before they would shoot you,’’ Carson said, laughing tentatively with the audience.
“I’m just kidding,’’ he added. “You know they wouldn’t do that.’’
Later Wednesday evening, the Carson campaign announced it raised more than $20 million during the last three months, ahead of the midnight third-quarter Federal Election Commission deadline.
“You know, the pundits all said that we would never be able to mount a national campaign for financial reasons, but here we are approaching 600,000 donations,’’ Carson told The Associated Press.
According to the report, the campaign raised roughly $700,000 of that overall haul in the 36 hours after Carson said Sept. 20 that the United States should not have a Muslim president. He later clarified his position, saying he wouldn’t support a radical Muslim who does not support the Constitution.
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