Watch: Trevor Noah Rips Ben Carson's Insane Oregon Massacre Comments

Ben Carson is a one man gaffe machine hell-bent on erasing any goodwill he may have had left. Eariler this week, when asked to comment on the Oregon massacre, Carson insisted the victims had a poor strategy for not being shot.


“From the indications I got, they did not rush the shooter,” Carson said on CBS This Morning. “The shooter can only shoot one person at a time, he cannot shoot a group of people.”

Needless to say, the media (and frankly any decent person) piled on, calling the comments offensive and outrageous. But, as Noah points out, not only did Carson double down on his stance that the victims were not adequately Jason Borne-ish, he laughed at one reporter who confronted him about his comments.

“Look, he knows gun control is off the table," The Nightly Show host said. "And since we can’t control the guns, we can at least control the victims reactions to the guns. We’ve all heard the saying: guns don’t kill people. People shot by guns who don’t rush the guy shooting them, kill people.” It's a truly brilliant takedown of what happens when party orthodoxy requires that logic be replaced by counterfactual macho posturing. 

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