Dr. Ben Carson proved once again he’s Donald Trump’s worst-ever spokesman. Even in the Trump-friendly milieu of Fox News, Carson’s best argument on behalf of Trump was that he only lies some of the time. Oh, and he “gives people an avenue” to express their “politically incorrect” hate and anger.
On Outnumbered, today, there was a discussion obviously designed to give Carson a platform to blast the Ted Cruz/John Kasich alliance to defeat Trump, and echo Trump’s complaints about their unfair “colluding.” But it didn’t quite go as planned.
First, Democrat Julie Roginsky came up with some excellent pushback.
ROGINSKY: Isn’t this really the art of the deal? Something Donald Trump consistently talks about being able to do? Aren’t these two men essentially cutting a deal together? Something Donald Trump claims as president he’ll be a master at doing? Why would you criticize them for doing this?
CARSON: It’s the art of the deal in business.
ROGINSKY Isn’t this business?
CARSON: No, it is not. That’s the difference. This is America. This is a place that was founded on principles different than just about anybody else. This is a country where our founding document says that our rights come from our creator, also known as God. And that we have values and principles that guide the way that we do things. It’s not business as usual.
ROGINSKY: But, sir, he’s talking about the fact that his business acumen is exactly what’s gonna entitle him to be a great president. So, if it’s not business, as you say, what’s the rationale for a Trump candidacy?
CARSON: Well, the rationale for a Trump candidacy, I think, is somebody who has the ability to draw people because he tends to speak truth, he tends to talk about things that other people actually believe but are afraid to say because of political correctness and he gives them an avenue whereby to express themselves.
There’s a lot to unpack there: Trump “tends to speak the truth” suggests that Carson is admitting there are plenty of times that Trump lies. Second, Carson is also suggesting that Trump’s main qualifications for president are his racism, misogyny and appeal to violence. Or what else are other people“afraid to say because of political correctness?”
Not surprisingly, nobody, not even Roginsky followed that up.
Instead, cohost Sandra Smith gave Carson an opening to reassure viewers that he really, truly is a bona fide Trump supporter – despite repeated statements indicating otherwise.
SMITH: There were some reports and some speculation that following your endorsement of Donald Trump that you were having a little buyer’s remorse but that was pinned on just some contextual things, some things that you had said on some talk shows. Have you had, are you still fully supporting Donald Trump at this point?
Carson now suggested that he was only supporting Trump because he’s the only candidate who can win enough delegates to avoid a brokered convention.
CARSON: Yeah, I fully support him. But, you know, what I was saying is that I’m pragmatic. I’ve grown up in the world of science where we do things based on evidence and on facts and when you look at the pathway that the other people have, it only works through a brokered convention.
Carson said a brokered convention would mean “tremendous strife and discord” and “no possibility of bringing people back together.”
Cohost Harris Faulkner quickly changed the subject to suggesting that Cruz and Kasich should drop out.
As the segment closed, Carson dropped another turd. When asked if Cruz and Kasich could “stick to a deal,” Carson refused to say “because that is judging them.” But, he added, “The fact of the matter is, people who are very ambitious and who will do whatever it takes in order to achieve their goal are people that probably should not be president of the United States.”
Roginsky quickly noted that that’s exactly what is needed to become president.
But Faulkner helped polish the turd. “Wow!” she exclaimed, then said admiringly “You say exactly what you’re thinking.”
Watch it below, from the April 26 Outnumbered.
All [or at least most] kidding aside, the beauty of The Donald is he’s going to burn all bridges to the default conservative whine of “political correctness.” The term is so abused by FOX News and their offspring like Carson and Trump it’s growing comical.