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Ben Carson: I’m Promised a Spot in Trump Administration

Ben Carson: I’m Promised a Spot in Trump Administration

Wheeling and dealing

Well, now we know.

Defunct presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, raised many an eyebrow when he endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Of course the assumption was the obvious — Carson “sold out” for an administrative promise. Those who believed the speculation were less cynical and more right, apparently.

Speaking to Newsmax Monday, Carson said he would be joining the Trump administration should it become a reality:

Dr. Ben Carson revealed on Newsmax TV Monday that he will work in Donald Trump’s administration — at least in an “advisory capacity” — if the Republican presidential front-runner is elected to the White House.

But Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who recently endorsed Trump after dropping out of the race of the GOP nomination, declined to say exactly in what capacity he will serve or whether it’s a cabinet position.

“I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he does want to be successful. He will surround himself with very good people,” Carson told “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

Asked whether he will be one of those people, Carson responded:

“I will be doing things as well … Certainly in an advisory capacity [in Trump’s administration].”

If you happen to be concerned, dismayed, or even terrified by the prospect of a Trump presidency, Carson suggests there’s no need to worry. After all, Trump would only be president for four measly little years.

“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,” the former GOP presidential candidate said on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.” “[That’s] opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever.”

Only four years, he said…

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buckeyeminuteman | March 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

Why would a mild-mannered, moral-pillared, small government-loving, Constitutionally-enthusiastic person endorse a candidate who is none of those things. It’s exactly as the good doctor always said in the debates, “you will know them by their fruits”.

As the quip goes, “Now that we’ve established what you are, we’re just haggling over the price.”

    spartan in reply to Amy in FL. | March 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

    To paraphrase A Man For All Seasons:

    “For Wales? Why Ben Carson, it profit a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world. . . but for Wales!”

People do so like a winner, and that is what Trump is starting to look like. (As appalled as I am at the prospect of a Trump presidency, I suspect that polls are wrong. He may be the right person to take out Hillary. They have some of the same bad characteristics which make for effective campaigning.) Carson would be a good addition to a Trump administration, as would several other current or past candidates. For instance, imagine an Attorney General Christie draining the fever swamp which is now the DOJ.

“…we’re only looking at four years…”

Oh, I’d say not even that. If Mr. Establishment is elected, he’d be laying grounds for impeachment from day one.

    practicalconservative in reply to Ragspierre. | March 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Sort of the same way the Republican controlled Congress is going after Obama?

    Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | March 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    If Mr. Establishment is elected, he’d be laying grounds for impeachment from day one.

    Well, if he picks a decent running mate, wouldn’t that be a reason to support him? Get him elected and then impeached, or just wait till he gets bored with the presidency and resigns.

    persecutor in reply to Ragspierre. | March 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    “And only four years…”

    And what a ringing endorsement!

Is this supposed to be surprising news. Sign him up for Surgeon General.

    CloseTheFed in reply to mike01001. | March 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    He doesn’t want Surgeon General. It’s a pay cut.

    Besides, a total waste of talent. Give him a job with meat.

He will be excellent. He’s smart, level headed, and not afraid to stand up to PC.

Christie was cheap, he only cost Trump a box of doughnuts.

It sure beats Glen Beck becoming Secretary of Mental Health and Wisdom Tooth Extraction.

At least Trump wasn’t lying about the Carson endorsement…

Just received from @PeteRose_14. Thank you Pete! #VoteTrump on Tuesday Ohio! #Trump2016#MakeAmericaGreatAgain— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2016

“However, the former athlete’s lawyer maintained Monday that Rose neither sent Trump an autographed baseball, nor did he endorse him.

“Pete did not send any candidate a baseball or a note of endorsement.”


Wow, the integrity of those Trump intends to surround himself with is telling.

Some people might find it reassuring that Trump would seek the counsel of his former rivals.

I always thought that even this sort of “quid pro quo” was illegal.

I’ve seen multiple political movies, including “Primary Colours”, where they had to give the proverbial “wink, wink, know what I mean, say no more” lest they be in volation of election law.

rabid wombat | March 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

I am not a Trump guy. But between a ham sandwich and a “D” candidate – I am voting for the sandwich. All that said, Trump missed the opportunity of a life time after Scalia passed. At the debate Trump should have said, “Cruz is my pick for the Supreme Court”. He would have mitgated Cruz, and only had to beat the balance. We also would have had a helluva Supreme Court Justice.

Going back to the first debates, blindly pick anyone of the bunch as president. Make the other 37 part of the administration, and we would be light years ahead of where we are today – or, with anything the D’s are putting up for the future. Everyone has something wrong with them, but they are all better than the D’s.

Like Cruz and every other candidate didn’t try and offer something to Christie and Carson for their endorsement.

I know you aren’t that dumb.

Advancing conservatism is a long game. Even if it turns out we can’t put a conservative on the throne this time around we still want to be well represented in the inner circle. If a conservative isn’t actually making the decisions you certainly want as much conservative influence as you can possibly get. Keep your expectations high, but don’t lose the long view in the process. We’re already in a position where conservatives are going to broker the future of the Republican party.

At this point be thankful Carson is willing to stay in the game.

That dirty stinker Carson is nothing but a low life whore (“…we’ve established what you are, we’re just haggling over the price.”) for endorsing Trump.

Of course if he had endorsed Not-Trump, he would have been a highly principled Statesman, pristine in his impeccable values, and quite deservedly worthy of an esteemed position in a Not-Trump Administration.

Got it, lol

My how the knives flash. Carson wants to make America great again.

    I thought Carson was a lying pathologically-violent fake Christian. Remember? Incurable, like a child molester.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to VotingFemale. | March 16, 2016 at 12:43 am

    We’ll see if the job promise for Carson materializes should such a miserable thing as a Trump presidency come to fruition.

    This may well be ANOTHER one of Trump’s cheap hustles; this time as a means of putting lipstick on his pig self to get some gravitas going on.

I think everyone needs to cool off. People have been saying pretty much since day one that Dr. Carson was not Presidential material. But the retired neurosurgeon was still an impressive man in his field and should be part of any Republican administration.

He would make a fine choice for surgeon general and I hope Ted Cruz offers him the job when he beats Trump and Clinton like a rented mule.

Trump in latest Economist/You Gov poll

Trump 53%
Cruz. 22%

Looking like Christie and Carson made good bets. But today will tell us who is out and who is not.

So … when the idea of Rubio and Cruz joining forces to beat Trump—with one of them serving as part of the other’s administration—was floating around, Trumpophobes swooned over the possibility of such a brilliant move.

Now, the idea of Trump recruiting staff for his administration—like any other President, he’ll have an administration to staff, nobody ever expected him to do it all himself (it was Obama who claimed to be the universal expert, not Trump)—it must be crooked dealing, an underhanded quid pro quo, dirty work afoot.

LI is becoming ridiculous.

Tom Swift – No, what is ridiculous is your odd notion that if Cruz and Rubio decided to run and sell themselves as a ticket to the voters (and delegates), it is equivalent to (for example) Cruz selling a white house job for an endorsement to (for example) to Carly Fiorinna.

Aside from the fact that it is most likely a technical violation of FEC rules, it’s also a sorry commentary on Carson and the actual reasons for his endorsement (from Trump we expect such).

Apparently Carson has been hawking his endorsement to the other campaigns as well:

“CARSON: I have to look at what is practical and what is going to save this country and the American dream for the next generation. 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.”

The “moral” and pious candidate? So next will he be telling us he got a cash bonus or a good book deal with Trump?

Carson is a bad joke.

I’m surprised at the histrionics. I mean, seriously, politics isn’t done a vacuum, can’t be done in a vacuum, and shouldn’t be done in a vacuum.

And please, stop with the Carson for surgeon general remarks. He doesn’t want it; it would be a pay cut; he RETIRED for a reason, he doesn’t need a job! And let’s admit the man was a brain surgeon and can handle a department. He should get one most in need of cleaning, like H.H.S.