Retired Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s latest argument against accepting Syrian refugees mimics a satirical Onion headline from November 17.
In an interview with Breitbart News Radio on Tuesday, Carson pivoted from the common conservative argument against accepting Syrian refugees — that terrorists from the Islamic State might pose as refugees to gain entrance to the U.S. — to warn instead of the danger posed by the refugees themselves.
“You bring a lot of people here from another culture and what they will tend to do is congregate together — that’s a natural thing — which makes them much easier targets for radicalization,” Carson said. “Particularly if you bring them into an environment where a lot people of are resentful of the fact that they are here. That’s just going to create incidents that will increase further the likelihood of radicalization.”
Oddly enough, this argument was anticipated by fake news outlet The Onion, which on Nov. 17 ran an article with the headline “GOP Warns Refugees Likely to Be Driven to Terrorism by Way America Would Treat Them.”
The article included no fake quotes attributed to Carson, putting these words instead into the mouth of Sen. Ted Cruz: “We absolutely cannot provide a safe haven to these Syrians due to the very real threat that the abusive and hateful conduct of Americans will push the refugees toward radicalization and recruitment by extremist militant groups.”
But the idea is basically the same.
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