Carson: CNN’s Acosta ‘Was an Idiot,’ Border Smuggling ‘A War’ ‘Military Experts’ Should Handle

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said CNN’s Jim Acosta “was an idiot” during their exchange over the border and said “this is a war” that should be turned over to “military experts” while discussing smuggling along the border on Thursday’s “Sean Hannity Show.”

Carson stated of Acosta, “Yeah, he was an idiot, wasn’t he?” Carson continued that people along the border don’t have adequate support from the federal government, and “we need to turn this over to the military experts because this is a war that we’re engaged in. And there’s all kinds of things that they can use. I said we can be using drones for surveillance, and then I mentioned the fact that they have these caves. And one of the things we have to do is eliminate those caves, because that’s what the scouts, and they communicate with each other, and that’s how they guide people across –.”

Carson added, “it would be very easy” to “eliminate” these caves, which would “severely hamper” smuggling around the borders. He also stated the current fencing and personnel along the border are inadequate. And that a “fence and a wall” are needed to secure the border, but that those things will “only slow people down,” and personnel are needed along the border. Carson maintained that there are adequate personnel to cover the border.

He also said that sheriffs in locales along the border are “spit on” by the government, and should be allowed to help design the border security system.

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