Ben Carson

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Carson once compared pedophilia to same-sex marriage.

Ben Carson, a leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, doesn’t like the National Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). 

He also doesn’t like same-sex marriage or bestiality, mentioning all three in a single sentence in April 2013 when he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”

Perhaps in part due to comments like that, some search engine prankster on Tuesday managed to link his Wikipedia page to NAMBLA, a group that promotes pedophilia. If you Googled Carson on Tuesday, these were the results, (via Breitbart News):

As of Wednesday, though, the NAMBLA link was gone:

Google

The Hannity interview and the controversy surrounding it, though, are still addressed on his Wikipedia page—as is the fact that Carson later apologized, saying he didn’t mean to offend anybody by comparing same-sex marriage to those who have sex with minors or animals.

“Looks like the trolls are out in force,” Doug Watts, Carson’s campaign communications director, told Breitbart News when asked about the NAMBLA link. “We’ve complained to Google and filled out requests to take it down that have been ignored.”

Carson has recently taken over the top spot in the national Republican presidential polls. While the third Republican debate will take place Wednesday with Carson front and center along with Donald Trump, there will be ample opportunity to ask Carson about his feelings toward NAMBLA. It is, of course, doubtful we’ll hear anything about it. 

H/T Death & Taxes | Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is the Weekend Editor for the Daily Dot and covers the world of YouTube. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He’s also a longtime sports writer, covering the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.

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