Ben Carson, who ran a gentlemanly campaign as a principled conservative, appalled and mystified onlookers by endorsing his polar opposite Donald Trump, an obnoxious demagogue who recites right-wing rhetoric but wouldn’t know a conservative principle if it bit him on the nose. Thanks to an interview with Newmax’s Steve Malzberg, we now have more insight. It appears that Carson gave the endorsement against his inclination in exchange for a position in a theoretical Trump Administration. Excerpts via RedState:
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?
Already he admits that he would have preferred to endorse a different candidate. But that wouldn’t have been “practical,” as Carson puts it — evidently because he thinks Trump is in the best position to offer him a job:
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.
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?
Given how Trump fares in head to head matchups against Hillary, it is highly unlikely that Carson will collect his 30 pieces of silver.
When the Trump fiasco inevitably ends in smoking ruins, those who took part in it will be reviled for having handed the White House to Hillary, not to mention destroying the GOP’s public image. Carson’s political career will be over without him ever having held public office — just like his new friend Trump’s.
Hat tip: Bad Blue.