As Americans react with horror to the newly released video of Ray Rice assaulting his fiancee in a Las Vegas elevator, there’s one prominent voice defending the former running back, per this report from Mediate’s Matt Wilstein:

Ray Rice hasn’t found many media defenders on Monday after the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract and and the NFL suspended him indefinitely following the release of surveillance video showing him punching out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. Until now.

During an appearance with Steve Malzberg on NewsMax TV, Dr. Ben Carson shared his opinions on the matter, in essence defending Rice and laying near equal blame on Palmer….

[L]et’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy,” Carson continued. “He obviously has some real problems, and his wife obviously knows that, because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help. So rather than just jumping on a punitive bandwagon, let’s just see if we can get some help for these people.”

Yes, they “both need some help.” But only one of them was dragged unconscious out of an elevator after being brought down by a single punch.

As anyone who’s caught Dr. Carson’s act can tell you, he thinks “political correctness” is the deadliest of sins. Guess he’s trying to practice what he preaches. But it’s more than passing strange to hear this man who is very, very certain he can infallibly distinguish Right from Wrong to rush to the defense of a violent celebrity.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.