The Crowd Booed When Hugh Hewitt Asked Carson This Question
Despite what would appear to be a friendly crowd, conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt earned one of the most disapproving audience reactions of the night during Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate. He began his unpopular line of questioning by asking retired neurologist Ben Carson if he had the capacity to “wage war as commander in chief.”
Relating such a tough decision to his career in medicine, Carson responded:
You should see the eyes of some of those children when I say to them, ‘We’re going to have to open your head up and take out this tumor.’ They’re not happy about it, believe me; and they don’t like me very much at that point. But later on, they love me.
As a polite jab to the rival standing to his left, Carson noted that his previous sentence made him sound like Donald Trump. Finishing his point, he asserted that it is “actually merciful if you go ahead and finish the job.”
This led to Hewitt’s follow-up question, confirming that Carson is “OK with the death of thousands of innocent children and civilians.”
His question was interrupted by audible disapproval from the audience, which Carson acknowledged.
“You got it,” he said, pointing to those seated in the auditorium. “You got it.”
When Hewitt completed his question, he asked if Carson could be “as ruthless as Churchill was” during World War II.
“Ruthless is not necessarily the word I would use,” he replied, concluding that in addition to being “tough” and “resolute,” he would recognize that “the job of the president of the United States is to protect the people of this country and to do what is necessary to get it done.”