Here’s a thing you could say any time he talks: today wasn’t Ben Carson’s day.
And it’s a neat chance for redemption. Ben’s earned himself a reputation as quite flexible what with all the creative ways he manages to jam his foot in his mouth, whether it’s saying that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Or that Satan inspired the theory of evolution. Or that Obama was the worst thing to happen to this country since slavery. In fact, best just to avoid the still-touchy subject of slavery altogether, right?
Sure, he’s *technically* correct – according to Merriam-Webster, an immigrant is defined as “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.”
But the internet wasn’t buying it.
Celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg got in on the action early:
In addition to the outrage, there were some legitimately funny takes on Carson’s interesting take on immigration: