Republican White House candidate Ben Carson on Friday stood by his remark that President Obama is a “psychopath,” saying the president displays the associated personality traits.
“I said he reminds you of a psychopath, because they tend to be extremely smooth, charming people who can tell a lie to your face,” Carson told host John Harwood on CNBC’s “Speakeasy.”
“It looks like sincerity, even though they know it’s a lie,” he said.
“He knows full well that the unemployment rate is not 5.5 percent,” the 2016 hopeful said. “He knows that.”
“He knows that you can manipulate that number, and he knows that people who are not well-informed will swallow it hook, line and sinker — even though they are sitting there in the city and can’t find a job.”
“He plays fast and loose with the facts.”
Carson’s remarks were in response to Harwood’s question about whether he still believes Obama is a “psychopath.”
The retired neurosurgeon first used the label while describing Obama in a GQ profile published last month.
“Like most psychopaths, that’s why they’re successful,” Carson reportedly said of Obama’s appearance during his State of the Union address last year.
“That’s the way they look,” he argued. “They all look great.”
Carson launched his White House run on Monday from his hometown of Detroit.
“I got to tell you something: I’m not politically correct, and I’m probably never going to be politically correct because I’m not a politician, and I don’t want to be a politician,” he said during his campaign announcement.
“Politicians do what is politically expedient, and I want to do what’s right,” he added.
Carson joined a crowded 2016 GOP field containing Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzStephen Hawking: Trump a 'demagogue' Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Meet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker MORE (Texas), Rand PaulRand PaulLibertarian ticket will get super-PAC support Overnight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio apologized to Trump for 'small hands' crack Sunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Fla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio MORE (Fla.) after declaring his Oval Office bid.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina stole some of Carson’s thunder by announcing her own 2016 bid the same afternoon.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) additionally joined next year’s race on Tuesday from his hometown of Hope, Ark.