When Dr. Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump last week, it didn’t exactly come as a surprise, but in the wake of his public embrace, a few of Carson supporters have questioned why the good doctor would be so welcoming to someone who basically insinuated, at one point, that Carson miiiiight be a sexual deviant.
Carson seems to think he addressed that in his endorsement speech, telling people that there are really “two Donald Trumps” and that the boisterous one who encourages supporters to take on protesters at his rallies and holds extreme policy positions is merely the public Donald Trump. The private Donald Trump is much more thoughtful and meticulous. Or so says Dr. Ben Carson, assuring his own supporters that even Donald doesn’t believe some of the things he says.
“I needed to know that he could listen to other people, that he could change his opinions, and that some of the more outlandish things that he’s said, that he didn’t really believe those things,” Carson said.
When asked which statements Trump might back away from, Carson demurred.
“I’ll let him talk about that because I don’t think it’s fair for me to relay a private conversation,” he said.
Carson isn’t exactly wrong about this. Over the weekend, Donald fluctuated wildly in his position on H-1B worker visas, and, in an interview late last week, claimed that a full wall on the Mexican border was not necessary, and that his wall would cover only about half of the border, leaving most of Texas open because of “natural barriers.” For most candidates, this would be considered a flip-flop, but for the Donald, it’s definitely “being thoughtful.” Or something.
The good news for the Donald is, if his fans are turned off by his moderating positions, they aren’t voting any differently.