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For all of the Trump administrationā€™s lies, the Trump era has introduced a strange new brand of truth-telling among White House officials. For example, Ben Carson recently described what an attack on the US electrical grid would look like, and itā€™s not pretty. In Carsonā€™s opinion, America would lookĀ like the 2013 movie The Purge.

According to a new report in the Washington Post, Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, made the comments at a party around Christmas.


From the Washington Post:

ā€œDid you know,ā€ the secretary of housing and urban development asked his acting chief of staff, Deana Bass, at a Capitol Hill holiday party, ā€œthat if North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon into our exosphere, it could take out our entire electrical grid?ā€

Bass shook her head.

ā€œWhatā€™s that movie where thereā€™s complete lawlessness and anarchy for one night a year?ā€ Carson said, calmly resting his right hand over his left. ā€œā€Šā€˜The Purgeā€™! It will be like ā€˜The Purgeā€™ all the time.ā€


To which I have to say... whereā€™s the lie? Also... do you think Ben Carson actually watched The Purge?

Carson is apparently a fan of frequently comparing our own world to that of dystopian fiction. And I honestly have to say that he may be one of the few Trump officials making any sense these days. The only part that Ben Carson seems to be forgetting about The Purge is that itā€™s largely about the rich slaughtering poor people who canā€™t defend themselves.

A war with North Korea would be absolutely catastrophic, not least because it would pull near-peer adversaries like China and Russia into the conflict. Thereā€™s no such thing as a clean war, and if reports that President Trump wants to pull off a preemptive ā€œbloody noseā€ attack on North Korea are accurate, things could get really messy really quickly.


We saw precisely the kind of real world panic that can ensue with that false alarm missile alert in Hawaii last month. People were suddenly faced with the prospect of death and many went into hiding, while others tried to choose the children with which they might be spending their last moments on Earth.

Nobody knows if a foreign adversary attacking Americaā€™s electrical grid would really turn the country into a real-life version of The Purge. But hereā€™s hoping that we donā€™t have to find out.


[Washington Post]