Ben Carson Clearly Could Not Be More Thrilled To Be Supporting Trump

Ben Carson may have had no problem enthusiastically attributing his recovery from prostate cancer to dubious snake oil supplements, but he’s having a harder time mustering up too much excitement over the prospect of a Trump presidency, despite having recently given his endorsement.

In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg, Carson explained his reasons for supporting Trump, none of which seemed to include anything about him Making America Great Again.

“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, as opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever.”

Donald Trump! Even if he’s terrible, it’s only four years!

When pressed, Carson admitted that he preferred other candidates, but didn’t see a path to the Presidency for them.

“I have to look at what is practical. I didn’t see a path for Kasich, who I like, or for Rubio, who I like. As far as Cruz is concerned, I don’t think he’s going to be able to draw independents and Democrats unless he has some kind of miraculous change,” he continued. “Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes, but that scenario isn’t available.”

Oh, honey, no. Donald Trump actually has the least positive ratings among Democrats and Independents of any candidate–and it’s unlikely that’s going to change much because it’s not like anyone’s unsure about where he stands on things. And don’t get it twisted, we hate Cruz–like, a lot–but we hate Trump just as much.

Also, whether Trump is nominated or not, your party’s gonna be pretty fractured. According to a poll conducted by right-leaning Rasmussen Reports, 36 percent of Republicans say they’d never vote for Trump, and 18 percent say they’d actively vote against him in the general election (with another 18 percent saying it would depend on who his opponent was).

Carson then explained that, in exchange for his support, Trump had also offered him a role in his administration, “certainly in an advisory capacity,” though he said he could not “reveal any details about it right now, because all of this is still very liquid.”

Of course, that’s actually an entirely illegal thing to do, and a violation of Federal law.

“Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

However, given that Trump has already said he’d violate the Geneva Convention by killing the family members of suspected terrorists, it’s unlikely that he believes the law applies to him.

[ThinkProgress]