In this seemingly never-ending presidential election cycle, the GOP candidates have had, and will continue to have, ample opportunity to express their feelings on various topics, both serious and inane. The past seven days have offered many examples of the latter. In fact, this past week was a serious contender for most ridiculous of the Republican primary so far.
Here are just some of the answers candidates were compelled to give in recent days. Expect the list to expand after Tuesday night’s debate on the Fox Business Network.
1. “I would say to the people of America, do you think I’m a pathological liar like CNN does? Or do you think I’m an honest person?” –Ben Carson, maintaining he really did try to stab someone when he was 14.
2. “I never hit my mother with a hammer, and I never stabbed anybody.” –Mike Huckabee, in response to the Carson stabbing story.
3. “Hell yeah, I would! You gotta step up, man.” –Jeb Bush, on whether he’d travel back in time to kill baby Hitler, given the chance.
4. “The problem with going back in history and doing that is… it could have a dangerous effect on everything else.” –Bush, also on baby Hitler.
5. “If I become president we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again.” – Donald Trump, discussing a potential boycott against Starbucks over its insufficiently Christmas-y seasonal cups
6. “It’s still my belief, yes.” –Ben Carson, on whether he stands by his 1998 assertion that “Joseph built the pyramids in order to store grain.”
7. “The pyramids are solid structures. You can’t put grain in the pyramid because they’re solid structures other than a little thing for the pharaohs at the bottom.” –Donald Trump, debunking Carson’s pyramids theory.
8. “Malala” – Marco Rubio, answering the question, “Who would you like to have a beer with who is not a politician?” (Malala Yousafzai, in addition to being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a teenager and a practicing Muslim.)
9. “Jesus” –Ben Carson, who does not drink, on who he would share an orange juice with.
10. “Going on SNL [helps] to show you’re human and not a robot,” Rand Paul, on whether, if invited, he’d host Saturday Night Live, like Trump did last weekend.