MSNBC host Ed Schultz accused Ben Carson of exploiting President Obama's VA scandal because the doctor drew the natural conclusion that government-run health care is a bad idea.
The segment on Wednesday's "The Ed Show" was really a twofer for Schultz as he was able to unfairly attack Carson for "twisting a tragedy" (the VA scandal) for political purposes, but he also suggested that the popular doctor and author wanted more troops to be injured in more armed conflicts.
Newsbusters has the transcript:
SCHULTZ: The doctor is out. Ben Carson. The state party favorite is using the Veterans' Affairs scandal to attack Obamacare. Carson, a former surgeon, says the long wait times for medical attention is a gift?
CARSON (recorded clip): I think what's happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider. And if we can't get it right with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population?
SCHULTZ: A small number of veterans? How many more wars do you want to go into, doctor? Carson has made a point to smear the Affordable Care Act with disgusting comparisons.
CARSON: ObamaCare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is, in a way -- in a way it is slavery.
SCHULTZ: Ben Carson's mis-diagnosis is leaving Americans sick. If Ben Carson thinks twisting a tragedy fits his anti-Obamacare agenda, he can keep on pretending.
Clearly when Carson rhetorically asked "if we can't get it right with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population?" he was not diminishing the number of wounded veterans, he was comparing the number of wounded veterans to the hundreds of millions of people who would need care under a government-run health care system. But Schutlz' disgusting rejoinder "How many more wars do you want to go into, doctor?" suggests Carson wanted more injured vets.
Schultz and his producers apparently have no sense of irony as he ended the attack with the sanctimonious "If Ben Carson thinks twisting a tragedy fits his anti-Obamacare agenda, he can keep on pretending." Let's face it, Schultz is the one using the VA scandal to attack an up and coming, African-American conservative. Who'd the one exploiting the vets, Ed.