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Carson Endorses Trump, Forgives Child Molester Comparison

  • Donald Trump (R) speaks after receiving the endorsement of Ben Carson (L) at a campaign event in Palm Beach, Florida March 11, 2016.

    Donald Trump (R) speaks after receiving the endorsement of Ben Carson (L) at a campaign event in Palm Beach, Florida March 11, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 March 2016
Opinion

Carson's backing could strengthen the Republican front-runner’s support among conservatives and evangelicals.

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson, who Donald Trump had called pathological and compared to a child molester, endorsed the real estate mogul Friday.

“It is not about Mr. Trump it's about America,” said Carson at a press conference in Florida. "There are two different Trumps.There's one you see on the stage and one that's very cerebral. That's the one you'll see more of."

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The move could strengthen the Republican front-runner’s support among conservatives and evangelicals.

However, it sounds strange to some, especially after Trump compared Carson's temper, which the former brain surgeon wrote about, to child molesting in an interview last year. 

"It's in the book that he's got a pathological temper," Trump told "Erin Burnett OutFront," speaking about Carson's autobiography. "That's a big problem because you don't cure that ... as an example: child molesting. You don't cure these people. You don't cure a child molester. There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that."

Carson decided to end his candidacy last week after lackluster performances in the recent primaries and caucuses, saying he saw no “political path forward” in the race. 

According to polls Carson was polling at five percent in Ohio and Florida before dropping out. If Carson sways his voters, it might help push Trump over the top if races tighten up.

Trump’s campaign has been marked by controversial statements about immigrants, he has called for a total shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S., and has also pledged to deport undocumented workers and build a wall on the Mexico border.

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