ABC- Hours after telling reporters that he saw a video of American Muslims in New Jersey cheering on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center's twin towers fell, Ben Carson's campaign apologized for the remarks, saying he "doesn't stand behind" them and that they were "a mistake."
When asked by ABC News if American Muslims were cheering on 9/11 -- as has been suggested by Donald Trump -- Carson said “Yes.”
“I saw the film of it, yeah,” he said and cited "the newsreels" of 9/11 coverage at the time.
However, Carson made a 180 a short time later.
"He doesn't stand behind his comments to New Jersey and American Muslims," said campaign spokesman Doug Watts said. "He was rather thinking of the protests going on in the Middle East and some of the demonstrations that we're going on in celebration of the towers going down.
"He doesn't stand behind his references and apologizes for the mistaken references. It was a mistake on his part and he clearly wasn't really thinking about New Jersey, he was thinking about the Middle East."
Okay, timeout. I was a New Jersey resident for my whole life up until about 9 months ago. While our Indian population may be on a steady incline, and some neighborhood might not be the safest, I refuse to let someone sit here and mistake it for the Middle East. You want to call it the 'armpit of America' then I can brush that completely untrue insult off my shoulders, but I draw the line at calling it 'a hotbed for terrorist activity'. I know you are anti-abortion Ben Carson, but this is just one of those times where you are going to have to agree to tighten up those lips.
This is why Donald Trump is winning. These goddamn Republican nominees are literally in an arms race of stupidity. Donald Trump says something, that is completely and utterly false might I add, and Ben Carson feels the need to have an opinion on it. I mean, come on now. Do we really believe that Donald Trump has stepped foot in Jersey City since the turn of the century? Even if he did, do we believe he let himself get close enough to a significantly large group of individuals that were cheering on the terrorist attacks of 9/11? What are we even talking about? I feel like the Presidential nomination is like a group of middle school boys sitting around and lying about what base they got to with a girl. It's like a bunch of college freshman exaggerating how much they drank after the first night of orientation. None of the shit being spewed by Donald Trump is even close to being rooted in fact. Yet he's so loud and boisterous about it that it make idiots like Ben Carson agree to have seen a video that NEVER EVEN FUCKING EXISTED. Donald Trump literally won an exchange in which he completely fabricated a story that every single person with a functioning brain knew was untrue. That may sound ridiculous, but he actually got another nominee to admit that he can't tell the difference between a city that resides a waterway across from the most important city in the United States and a third world wasteland. Anything Trump says somehow looks intelligent, because his competition is too goddamn dumb to see what he's doing. Fuck running for President, how in the world is someone like Ben Carson, whose head has taken up permanent residence in the clouds, authorized to take a knife to someone's brain?