Looking to get the crowd worked up at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening, former presidential hopeful Ben Carson literally invoked the devil.
Donald Trump became the official Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday, which means he’ll likely go head-to-head with presumed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the race for the nation’s highest office.
Clinton bashing got into full gear on Tuesday, with many speakers at the convention appearing to vie for who could offer the best tear-down of a Clinton presidency. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a speech that amounted to a mock trial of Clinton, getting the crowed to chant “Lock her up!”
When it came to Carson, the retired neurosurgeon used his podium to Bible thump and hammer home the dangers of electing Clinton. He outpointed the fact that one of Clinton’s “heroes” is Saul Alinksy, the subject of her college thesis, and someone who “affected all of her philosophies subsequently.”
“Let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky,” said Carson, during his speech. “He wrote a book called Rules for Radicals. On the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom.”
“Now think about that, this is a nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our creator. This is a nation where our Pledge of Allegiance says we are One Nation Under God,” he said, getting the crowd on its feet.
“The secular progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation,” Carson continued. “And if we continue to allow them to take God out of our lives, God will remove himself from us. We will not be blessed, and our nation will go down the tubes. And we will be responsible for that. We don’t want that to happen.”
Here’s what Alinksy, who Wikipedia describes as the founder of modern community organizing, said on the dedication page in the 1971 book “Rules for Radicals” about Lucifer:
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that at least he won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
Twitter immediately lit up on Carson’s Clinton/Lucifer link:
Summarized version of Ben Carson’s speech: pic.twitter.com/M9BizSzPKs
— Jesse Sims (@JesseSimsAR) July 20, 2016
Not to start another controversy but I think Ben Carson lifted his speech from the crazy guy that lives behind the dumpster on my street
— Jeff Israel (@jeffisrael25) July 20, 2016
Just when you thought Republicans were over the top Ben Carson makes you feel better by assuring you Lucifer is coming.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 20, 2016
As for Clinton, her Twitter feed sidestepped the devil reference:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2016
The Republican convention has had its share of controversial speeches. Potential First Lady Melania Trump nearly broke the internet on Tuesday after her speech was found to have verbatim phrases from one made by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Well, no one will ever accuse Ben Carson of plagiarizing a speech
— Michael P. Regan (@Reganonymous) July 20, 2016