Backlash as Ben Carson Endorses Donald Trump

Ben Carson, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon
and writer of critically acclaimed book; Gifted
hands and who also ended his own presidential
bid last week, endorsed Donald J. Trump at a
news conference on Friday at Mar-a-Lago, Mr.
Trump's club, calling him "actually a very
intelligent man who cares deeply about
America."
In a move that looks straight out of a House of
Cards script, Mr. Carson praised the Manhattan
billionaire, saying, "There are two different
Donald Trumps."
"There's the one you see on the stage, and
there's the one who's very cerebral, sits there
and considers things very carefully," Carson
said. "You can have a very good conversation
with him. And that's the Donald Trump that
you're going to start seeing more and more of
right now."
Ben Carson and Donald Trump had earlier
clashed with the respected doctor comparing
him to a child molester, questioning his religion,
and calling him "super low energy"
This was put to Mr. Carson who responded,
"We buried the hatchet — that was political
stuff."
"We move on," he said.
But Mr. Trump also publicly defended Mr. Carson
after the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz, Mr.
Trump's chief rival, spread false information that
Mr. Carson was dropping out of the race before
the Iowa caucuses.
And on Friday, Mr. Trump said he had attacked
Mr. Carson during the campaign because "I
couldn't lose him, I couldn't shake him, he did
so well."
"And I fought back and I hit him hard, which is
politics and Ben understands that," Mr. Trump
said. "But he handled it with such dignity. I
frankly thought it was amazing. I gained a lot
respect for him."
The support of Mr. Carson, a Seventh-day
Adventist, could help Mr. Trump woo evangelical
voters, who remain an important part of the
Republican base. But Corey Lewandowski, Mr.
Trump's campaign manager, said that Mr. Trump
himself has done well with evangelicals so far
on his own.
Asked if Mr. Carson would be campaigning for
Mr. Trump, and would be deployed to help him
win over black voters, Mr. Lewandowski
dismissed the question.
"I think Dr. Carson is going to campaign with Mr.
Trump, but this campaign has been very clear
about not trying to segregate out specific
demographics to have a different message for,"
he said. "I think what you have in this campaign
is Mr. Trump talks to everybody exactly the
same, and if Dr. Carson joins us on the
campaign trail, we're not going to delineate
between African-Africans or white Americans or
Hispanic Americans or Asian-Americans. We
have the same message for everybody, which
is make America great again."
The endorsement has not gone down well with
people and they have taken to their Twitter
accounts to decry the development, some
calling him a fraud and suggesting he wants the
VP slot. The game of politics has always been
about twists and turns, I believe we can expect
a few more before the election is decided.

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