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Breaking: Ben Carson Tells Local Ohio TV Station ‘I’m Announcing My Candidacy For President’



Political novice but Tea Party darling Ben Carson minutes ago said he’s joining the Republican race for the White House.

63-year old retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson tonight told a local Cincinnati, Ohio TV station he is running for president. 

“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States of America,” Carson, who has not been shy about his intentions to seeking the presidency, despite having never run for political office, told WKRC.

Carson, who tonight called himself “a reluctant warrior,” acknowledged that fact in tonight’s interview.

LOOK: GOP Presidential Candidate Ben Carson’s Top 10 Most Anti-Gay Comments

“Many people have suggested to me that I should run for president, even though I’m not a politician,” he said. “I began to ask myself why are people clamoring for me to do this? I represented a lot of the same thoughts that they have. I’m not 100 percent sure ‘politics as usual’ is going to save us. I think we are in a severe problem … a problematic situation.”

Carson also took an early swing at critics who say he has no relevant experience.

“You must have enough humility to be able to work with others to recognize you’re not necessarily the expert in everything. But you can with very good advice, make good decisions.”

Carson’s public presence since he first became a possible politician in 2013 has been constantly dogged by his virulent ignorance of homosexuality and the extreme anti-gay comments he repeatedly makes.

Those comments came to a crescendo, setting him back greatly in the public’s perception, in March when he insisted that prison “absolutely” provided the perfect example that being gay is a choice. Carson said that “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

WATCH: SNL Mercilessly Mocks Ben Carson For Saying Prison Proves Being Gay Is A Choice

He was roundly mocked, even by Vice President Biden, at an HRC dinner. “Now, every ridiculous assertion from Dr. Carson on – I mean, Jesus. God. Oh, God. I mean, it’s kind of hard to fathom, isn’t it?” Biden said.

The New York Times tonight noted Carson “burst onto the political scene in 2013 with a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast that denounced the country’s ‘moral decay’ and Mr. Obama’s health care law. The Wall Street Journal followed with an editorial, ‘Ben Carson for President.'”

Carson, the Times added, “spent five hours at the conservative Heritage Foundation recently undergoing tutorials on domestic and foreign policy,” a clear sign of his unpreparedness for office.


This is a breaking news and developing story and has been updated.


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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection



Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian



Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’



U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

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