In an appearance on ABC’s The View, Ben Carson was brutally attacked by co-host Whoopi Goldberg for his support of Donald Trump. “He’s a racist!” Whoopi shouted at Carson. Ben Carson, for his part, tried to defend his support of Donald Trump, but seemed taken aback by the Whoopi’s criticism of the New York billionaire. Trump has responded this morning, calling out the hosts of The View as “brain-dead puppets” who will soon be out of the job.
“Sir, I hate to ask this question, but you have aligned yourself with the man who has bashed women, made countless racist remarks and you’re Ben Carson, why would you align yourself with that?” asked Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s The View, reports Gawker.
Ben Carson was taken aback by the question, but he replied, leaping to Donald Trump’s defense. Carson commented that Trump was by no means “perfect,” but that in the brief time they’ve known each other, that Carson has grown to like Trump, and that Trump has a “history of inclusion” of minorities, specifically allowing African Americans and Jews into his exclusive clubs in Palm Beach. Carson has reiterated those points in the past when he’s voiced his support for Trump, but Whoopi was having none of it.
“He insisted on Jews and Blacks and helped break that open,” Carson said during the interview on ABC’s The View. Whoopi Goldberg shook her head and laughed.
The co-hosts of the View, including Whoopi Goldberg, pressed Carson on his Trump support, calling into question Donald Trump’s run-ins with the law, in particular an encounter with the federal government in the 1970s, when he was sued for racial discrimination. Politico reports that Trump settled that suit out of court but admitted no wrongdoing.
“I will put it this way, I have met a lot of his employees, including African Americans and they have nothing but good things to say. Somebody who’s hired as many people as he has hired, and you can find very few people who have anything negative to say,” Ben Carson said during the interview, pushing back and defending his support for Donald Trump.
Carson went on, praising Trump’s family, his children, and even remarked that the children of “other wealthy people” aren’t as well behaved or polite as Trump’s children. Co-host Joy Behar jumped into the fray and pressed Carson further, reminding him of the time that Trump compared Carson to a “child molester” and Trump’s record of being less-than-truthful on the campaign trail, at times “telling lies.” Behar questioned how Carson could possibly support Trump for the presidency.
“But he’s a liar. Unless you say that he’s a child molester, then he’s a liar. Do you want a liar for the presidency?” Joy Behar asked Carson during the interview.
Knocked off balance, Ben Carson admitted that Donald Trump has told lies on the campaign trail, but shrugged it off, stating that all politicians tell lies.
“What’s the alternative?,” Carson asked, “Tell me a politician who doesn’t tell lies,” he concluded, shrugging.
The interview went on, and Ben Carson stayed on the defense as co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar continued to hammer the retired neurosurgeon. Carson did the best he could, staying on message, defending Donald Trump and more importantly, defending his decision to support Trump for the presidency.
“Let me tell you something, when you’re very nice, when you’re very respectful, you talk about the real issues and not get into all of these issues, where does it get you? It gets you where it got me, nowhere,” Carson pushed back, admitting that Trump just “says what people like to hear.”
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