5 worst right-wing moments of the week -- Sarah Palin targets Ahmed Mohamed

The former Alaskan governor suspects the Texas teen of terrorism, while Ben Carson endorses Trump's pseudoscience

Published September 21, 2015 3:26PM (EDT)

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This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

AlterNet 1. Sarah Palin rants about how Ahmed Mohamed was up to no good when he brought that clock to school.

Mama Bear Palin actually managed to make her dim-witted daughter Bristol look almost reasonable this week. While Bristol went on record on her blog saying that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should probably not have been arrested for bringing a clock to school, Sarah ranted thusly on Facebook:

“Yep, believing that’s a clock in a school pencil box is like believing Barack Obama is ruling over the most transparent administration in history. Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the queen of England.”

Her deranged comments hardly ended there:

“Friends, consider the kids disciplined and/or kicked out of school for bringing squirt guns to school or taking bites out of a pop tart until it resembled (to some politically correct yahoo) a gun. Or the student out deer hunting with his dad early one morning who forgot he had a box of ammo in his truck when he parked in the school’s lot later that day. Kids humiliated and intimidated for innocent actions like those real examples are often marked the rest of their lives and made to feel really rotten. Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, [sic] an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade 'clock' that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told 'if you see something, say something!') gets invited to the White House.”

On this Mama and Baby Grizzly agreed. President Obama had no business inviting wrongly arrested Ahmed to the White House. Who does he think he is, the president of the United States? Maybe the queen of England? That would be just like him, you know.

“By the way, President Obama’s practice of jumping in cases prematurely to interject himself as the cool savior, wanting so badly to attach himself to the issue-of-the-day, got old years ago,” Palin wrote.

Yeah, Bristol blogged, this is “the kind of stuff Obama needs to STAY out of.”

Why does she think that? “This encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ crowd and encourages victimhood,” she wrote.

It’s a familiar right-wing trope, racial strife is somehow created by those who point out racism, instead of those perpetuating racism.

Of course, that is a concept that goes whizzing by both Palin women's heads.

2. Dr. Ben Carson, man of science, endorses Trump’s idiotic pseudoscience.

It’s already well known that Donald Trump is a complete idiot, although the range of his idiocy has widened lately. At the debate Wednesday night, the Donald busted out his anecdotal pseudoscience about vaccines, credulously repeating stories about perfectly healthy babies who turned autistic after being vaccinated. He told this story in characteristic sentence fragments: “Just the other day,” he said, “two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.”

To his right, the man of science, the soft-spoken grown up doctor in the room, Ben Carson, who had just quietly pointed out that science has completely debunked any connection whatsoever between vaccines and autism, agreed with sputtering idiot Donald. “It is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time,” he began. “And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and I think, are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that's appropriate.”

So, on the one hand, we should be glad that this guy no longer practices medicine, since that is flat-out wrong. On the other, Carson is running for president, with all his crazy, not in the least bit scientific, ideas banging around in his head. (Planned Parenthood is a plot to kill black babies! Homosexuality is a choice because raped prisoners come out gay!) And he is gaining in the polls! Head for the hills!

3. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, admits income inequality is real. But it’s okay, because iPhones.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, one of the highest paid CEOs in the world, who was paid $20 million last year, acknowledged this week that income inequality is a thing, and that it has gotten worse in the past 20 years. This was quite an admission by the .001 percenter, who happens to also have the distinction of paying the largest fine in banking history while still holding on to his overpaid job.

But back to the inequality thing. Jamie Dimon does not think that the yawning chasm between salaries for people like him and everyone else in the world needs to be addressed, because even if median income is decreasing, cars and iPhones are better. Yee hah!

“If you go back 20 years ago, cars were worse, health was worse, you didn’t live as long, the air was worse,” he said at an event in Detroit, adding, “People didn’t have iPhones.”

Shockingly, he self-servingly doesn’t think that slashing CEO pay for people like him is a good idea.

“It is true that income inequality has kind of gotten worse,” Dimon said. “You can take the compensation of every CEO in America and make it zero and it wouldn’t put a dent into it.”

Worth a shot, though, don'tcha think?

4. Carly Fiorina basically lies about Planned Parenthood; much of media lets her get away with it and she is declared winner of the debate.

If you were unable to watch Wednesday night’s Republican debate due to boredom, horror, tending your hair, or just a scheduling conflict, you might have missed some of the gems that flowed forth from declared winner Carly Fiorina. Apart from scoring a point off Trump—which everyone enjoyed—Fiorina offered a litany of demagoguery about calling Netanyahu, threatening Iran, refusing to speak to Putin, and building up our military. All of this, to show the world that America “is back in the leadership business.”

While much of what Fiorina said was wrong, perhaps her biggest outright, undeniably intentional lie was when she said: “As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes, watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”

Just one teensy eensy little problem. There is no such scene in the now infamous, and infamously misleading, undercover video about Planned Parenthood. Fiorina made up that little overhyped and deliberately horrific lie, it appears, out of whole cloth. Or, to give her the benefit of the doubt, perhaps she dreamt it.

No matter, the audience and the conservative twitterverse loved it. Being factually challenged, even about her own fictionally successful past at Hewlett-Packard, will not stop this woman.

5. John Kasich, the “moderate” in the Republican primary, suggests a good way to show appreciation for Hispanics is by leaving "a little tip.”

During the Wednesday debate, Kasich stayed out of the stupid argument about whether it is okay for Jeb Bush or anyone else to speak Spanish. He also steered clear of the discussion about immigration policies that could affect the workers at the Reagan Library. But this does not mean he doesn’t know anything about Hispanic people. In fact, his maid at the hotel was a Latina, which apparently lends him some expertise on issues concerning people from the Spanish-speaking parts of the world.

Why, the day after the debate, Kasich was discussing Latinos, and more importantly, the Latino vote, and he trotted out his maid as an example. "A lot of them do jobs that they're willing to do, and uh, that's why in the hotel you leave a little tip," Kasich reportedly told L.A. Times political correspondent Kurtis Lee.

Kasich appeared totally unaware that he was conflating Latinos with service-industry workers, and kind of insulting both groups in his aw-shucks, I’m the reasonable old white guy in the race with a semblance of a heart routine.

Ummm, not really.

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