Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday, during which he claimed “it doesn’t matter” whether or not the women accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are “lying or not.”
Guest cohost Katty Kay first asked Carson whether he thought the women were lying about their claims, pointing to his previous statements on the matter. “That’s your characterization because you need to characterize it that way to try to make me the bad guy,” he said.
When she responded, Carson repeatedly said “stop” and asked cohost Joe Scarborough to turn off Kay’s microphone.
“It doesn’t matter whether they’re lying or not. What matters is that the train is going off the cliff,” Carson continued. “We’re taking our eye off of that. We’re getting involved in other issues that can be taken care of later.”
Kay responded to his reaction on Twitter, calling the “turn off her microphone” comment “a first for me.”
Trump was accused of sexual misconduct by PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff, and The New York Times previously reported similar experiences of two other women. Trump has since denied these claims as “totally and absolutely false” and has threatened to sue the newspaper.
Later in the Morning Joe segment, Scarborough called Carson out on his comments about upholding Judeo-Christian values “at a time other than a political election,” at which point Carson blamed the media for re-characterizing his words.
“Why is it that you people in the media like to take something that someone said and then try to re-characterize it as something else so that you can then come back and say, ‘This is what it said’? Why not just listen to what I’m telling you?”
Watch the heated exchange below.