Ben Stein: Michael Brown ‘Wasn’t Unarmed, He Was Armed With His Incredibly Strong, Scary Self’
Conservative pundit Ben Stein appeared on Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg Show to allege that Michael Brown wasn’t technically “unarmed” because he was “incredibly strong” and “scary.”
“The idea of calling this poor man ‘unarmed’ when he was six-foot-four, 300 pounds, full of muscles, apparently – from what I read in the New York Times – on marijuana, to call him unarmed is like calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed,” Stein asserted.
So, apparently in Ben Stein’s world, any large athlete is essentially equivalent to an average-sized person armed to the teeth.
Stein also accused Attorney General Eric Holder of leading a “lynching” of the police officer who shot Brown and inexplicably said that not only Brown but also Trayvon Martin are examples of “very large so-called victim attacking a policeman.”
First of all, Martin was nowhere near the size of Brown, not that Stein has any validity to his statements as far as the law is concerned. Second of all, Martin did not attack a “policeman.”
“They don’t want them to get a fair trial,” Stein continued. “They’re looking for a lynching jury and it’s a very sad state of affairs. It used to be… when lynching of African Americans were not that incredibly rare. Now the lynchings are the police and it’s just an outrage.”
Stein also slammed CNN’s coverage of the events in Ferguson, saying, “It wasn’t that long ago that they just flipped out in a leftward direction and in a provocative direction and are always endlessly, endlessly, endlessly whipping up grievances… They just assume the police are wrong, white people are wrong, any Republican is wrong, any businessman is wrong. They just will always play on that nerve.”