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Donald Trump and Ben Carson Truly Deserve Each Other

As noted in today’s Morning Jolt, Ben Carson is proving to be a really bad advocate for Donald Trump.

Donald Trump and Ben Carson Truly Deserve Each Other

Caleb Howe notices a pretty stunning admission from Ben Carson.

DR. BEN CARSON: I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he does want to be successful. And, he will surround himself with very good people.

STEVE MALZBERG: And will one of them be Dr. Ben Carson?

Carson: I will be doing things as well, yeah.

Malzberg: In the administration.

Carson: Certainly in an advisory capacity.

Malzberg: That’s been determined? You’ve, when you sat down with him that was discussed?

Carson: Yes.

So Trump and Carson have discussed the doctor serving in a Trump administration. By itself, that’s pretty normal. But moments later, Carson had this exchange:

Carson: Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes. But that scenario isn’t available.

Malzberg: With one of the other candidates you mean?

Carson: Yeah.

So Carson wanted to go with “another scenario” with one of the other candidates, but it “wasn’t available,” so he endorsed the rival who compared him to a child molester.

Anyway, Carson’s endorsement seems to be getting more passive-aggressive with time:

“The way I look at it, even if Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president – which I don’t think is the case, I think he’s going to surround himself with really good people – but even if he didn’t, we’re only looking at four years,” Carson said. “[That’s] opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever.”

I can think of no endorser and endorsee who deserve each other more than Ben Carson and Donald Trump.

To give Ben Carson a little bit of credit, he’s managed to avoid Chris Christie’s fate, which is to be mocked by Trump on the campaign trail as an absentee governor. Criticizing John Kaisch yesterday in Ohio, Trump said, “Your governor is absentee! He goes to New Hampshire, he’s living in New Hampshire! Living! Where’s Chris? Is Chris around? Even more than Chris Christie, he was there, right? Even more! I hated to do that, but I had to make my point!”

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