Ben Carson's apocalyptic fantasies: "We are getting closer to" the End of Days

Carson cites nuclear weapons as evidence of the prophesied apocalypse

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 12, 2015 7:39PM (EDT)

Sharyl Attkisson, a discredited former CBS News veteran, asked Ben Carson about the end of days with a straight face and the Republican presidential hopeful calmly concluded that "you could guess that we are getting closer to that."

Carson's comments came during a one-on-one interview on Attkisson's Sunday news show, "Full Measure," broadcast in 38 percent of the nation's TV homes by the conservative Sinclair Television Group.

After asking about his faith, Attkisson asked the Seventh-day Adventist about his “view on what’s happening around the globe and in the U.S., in terms of what’s in the Bible,” pointedly following-up, “do you think we’re at the End of Days?”

“You could guess that we are getting closer to that,” Carson replied, citing "people who have a belief system that sees this apocalyptic phenomenon occurring, and that they’re a part of it, and who would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if they gain, possessing them.”

"So is there a chance to change the course if it is something that's prophesied” Attkisson then asked. Again, with a straight face.

“I think we have a chance to certainly do everything that we can to ameliorate the situation,” Carson argued hopefully. “I would always be shooting for peace ... I wouldn’t just take a fatalistic view of things.”

Attkisson went on to ask Carson about his three daughters-in-law, all of whom were born outside of the United States, including one born in Syria. Carson argued against accepting Syrian refugees in the U.S., citing the risk that they are "jihadis."

Watch Carson's bizarre interview with Attkisson, via Full Measure:

(H/T: Buzzfeed)

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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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