Retired neurosurgeon, and vocal republican party member, Ben Carson has entered the 2016 presidential race. Carson announced his bid for the country’s highest office after being flanked by a gospel choir singing Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
Caron, born in Detroit, is a former resident at Johns Hopkins, and has lived in Baltimore for over 20 years. He’s also known as the first doctor to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head, but he’s not doing a great job of keeping the home team behind him.
Here in Carson’s hometown, there are Ben Carson Reading Rooms and the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine. The local African-American history museum, the biggest in the country, features him on “this day in history” acknowledgements, sharing space with famed educator Booker T. Washington and popular actress Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Yet despite a busy day of announcement events in the place that looms so large in his campaign narrative, his connection to Detroit is badly frayed. He moved away long ago — he now lives in Florida — and hasn’t kept up with community leaders or pastors here. More important, he’s launching his presidential bid as a staunch conservative and a fierce critic of President Barack Obama in a city that is a majority-black Democratic stronghold that gave the president 98 percent of its vote in 2012.
In other words, it’s hard to find a place that’s less receptive to his conservative message and firebrand rhetoric — he has compared Obamacare to slavery, drawn parallels between the Obama era and Hitler’s Third Reich and made frequent, personal attacks against America’s first African-American president — than Detroit.
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