Ben Carson on ‘Morning Joe’: ‘Turn Her Microphone Off’

During a combative interview with Morning Joe on MSNBC, Donald Trump supporter Ben Carson asked the show’s crew to turn off panelist Katty Kay’s microphone so he could talk.

About four minutes into the interview, Kay asked Carson if he is saying that the women who have claimed Trump sexually assaulted them are lying. Carson was silent for a moment, and then told Kay, “That’s your characterization, because you need to characterize it that way, to try to make me the bad guy.”

Kay tried to chime in at that point, but Carson began talking over her, repeatedly saying, “Stop.” Joe Scarborough said that she wasn’t going to stop because it was a “simple question.” Then, Carson asked, “Can you turn her microphone off please so I can talk?” Scarborough refused and the interview continued for another five minutes.

Scarborough insisted that they jut wanted a yes or no answer.

“It doesn’t matter whether they’re lying or not,” Carson said, pointing at the screen. “What matters is that the train is going off the cliff. We’re taking our eye off of that and we’re getting involved in other issues that can be taken care of later.” Carson went on to say that he’s happy the discussion turned to “morality in this country,” but he doesn’t think that now is the time to talk about it, during a presidential election.

When asked what it said about Trump that there are multiple women accusing him of sexual assault, but none accusing Carson, he again said that this was not important to discuss now.

“Again, not an important issue. Again, it’s like hitting against a brick wall, getting people, and particularly people in the news media, to understand how much trouble we’re in,” Carson said.

Carson suggested that the media is “distorting” the race and the interview ended with Carson and Scarborough talking about media neutrality. “The reason that you are protected in the Constitution is because you are supposed to be objective and on the side of the people and helping them. When you take sides, it is absolutely distorting to the original intention,” Carson said.

Here is the full transcript of Carson’s interview on Morning Joe, via Twitter.

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On Twitter, Kay said that Carson’s behavior would not help Trump win women voters.

Earlier this week, Carson told a CNN anchor that he was “surprised” she had never heard “locker room talk” like Trump’s. The Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly defended his lewd comments in a 2005 video by calling it “locker room talk.”

WATCH: Ben Carson ‘Surprised’ CNN Anchor Hasn’t Heard ‘Locker Room Talk’ Like Trump’s

While on CNN Tuesday, Ben Carson said he was 'surprised' that anchor Brianna Keilar hasn't heard 'locker room talk' like Donald Trump's comments in 2005.

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  1. Yes or no answers are for court rooms not for places for meaningful discussion. Patently this isn’t one. To the CNN reporter flaming they don’t know what locker room talk is, get some life experience. You have either not been exposed to reality or are acting dumb. Why would you have any credibility if you have no life experiences, Did you not go to college ? If you don’t know what it is, watch a couple of episodes of the Howard Stern show. You will find out real quick. Have grown up surrounded by men playing sports all my life, with six brothers, I can tell you unequivocally Mr. Carson is right. When I heard what Trump said I immediately recognize it as bathroom, locker room or sophomoric banter. There are more pressing national issues than this BS. That’s what this is, sheer utter BS. Saying women allow you to (consent) do anything is nothing new. Go to a music concert, flocks of women show thier everything to celebrities on stage. Is that without consent or somehow reflect bad on the celebrity? NO. This is the government run media helping government (Obama) select his replacement by constantly trying to make mountains out of mole hills. This is what government run media looks like folks.

    • You hit the nail on the head. Talk of grabbing a woman by the pussy is sophomoric. Why would we want that quality in a president? The problem is that people try to defend this type of speech. Mr. Trump himself has apologized for it and is embarrassed by it. Let’s stop pretending its okay for men (or women) to talk this way. It is just wrong and their is no defense.

      • Yea, but who cares? Oh he said something bad. Well that’s great, Hillary has sold government favors. Hillary knowingly used a private e-mail server in order to hide e-mails from the publics eyes. What she did was illegal and she should be in prison. If you don’t want to vote for Trump, fine. But complaining about something he said 11 years ago in a private conversation isn’t a good enough reason to vote for Hillary. Anyone who has seriously looked at Trump isn’t shocked by his comments by the way. These were the kind of objections raised about him in the primaries. I don’t think a blind hatred or acceptance of either candidate in any election is going to get us anywhere.

        • I agree that no one should be shocked that Trump talks about pussy grabbing and forces himself on women. That is the least of my concerns when it comes to this mans character. I don’t hate him. I just won’t for him as president. Where are his tax returns? How do we know he isn’t heavily in debt to Russia and China? How many corporate bankruptcies? 4 or 6 .. I can’t keep up anymore. How many pending lawsuits does he have against him? I could go on but I won’t. I will point out the one thing that disturbs me the most about Trump. When he was asked what a woman should do if she is sexually harassed at work his answer proves that he is out of touch with women in the workforce.

          “I think it’s got to be up to the individual,” Trump said in an interview. “It also depends on what’s available. There may be a better alternative; then there may not. If there’s not a better alternative, then you stay. But it could be there’s a better alternative where you’re taken care of better.”

          So much wrong with his response I don’t have the energy/will to type it all out.

    • We are not talking about remarks made in a locker room or Fraternity House by an immature 18year old.Donald Trump was nearly 60 years old when he made these remarks, and he and Dr. Ben are now 70 years old. After you let that sink into your Brain, plus the fact that they aspired to the most important job in the World……tell me then how unimportant this is!!!

    • Ben Carson can’t answer a y/n answer because he doesn’t have the guts to answer honestly.
      All of us guys have heard crude, vulgar language concerning women but, talking about assaulting strange women is not something I’ve ever heard; why are there professional athletes who are saying that this kind of talk is not part of their experience either. Crude language is not what’s being debated, it’s Trump behavior not his language that is being argued.
      You seem to arguing that because some women expose themselves at a rock concert it’s okay for other women to sexually assaulted, what’s up with that? Do you hate women?

  2. I think the problem here is that these women are coming out about the alleged sexual abuse at time when it could have been predicted. What the American people need to decide is whether allegations are enough to actually vote for Hillary, a person who is clearly corrupt beyond measure. Allegations are just allegations. I don’t think Carson worded it in the right way, but I can see his point. When you have to make a decision about the direction of the country, are you going to allow information that surfaced in somewhat of a suspicious way distract you from your choice? You may after carefully weighing the facts choose Hillary, which is your choice, or you may even choose a third party candidate which is also legitimate.

  3. It is not a coincidence that sexual abuse issues are being hotly debated at this point where the frist woman POTUS may be elected.
    To say that Donald Trump’s character is not a relevant issues is the height of hypocrisy. Donald Trump and his followers have repeatedly brought up Bill Clinton’s character issues from 20 or 30 years ago and he isn’t even running. Just it was okay for Donald Trump to slander the first black POTUS by lying about his citizenship, we now have the same crowd trying to rationalize sexual predation by saying there’s more important things to talk about.
    For more than a year now Donald Trump has had a chance to talk about issues but, he hasn’t in any substantive way.
    It was once said, “Character is Destiny.” and it is still true. Donald’s Trump is in question and he is not being honest about this. His detractors have little success stopping Trump’s momentum, ironically, he is the one who is going to bring himself down.