Ben Carson Says GOP Loses Everything If Trump’s Nomination Is Blocked
Ben Carson warned that the Republican Party won’t lose just the Presidency if Donald Trump is not nominated at the GOP convention this year.
Carson was asked on Fox and Friends how he felt about a second ballot being recruited to derail the front-runner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer. Carson warned of a complete GOP meltdown.
“If there are shenanigans, if it’s not straightforward,” Carson said, “the Republicans are going to lose not only the presidency but it’s going to be the Senate, and it could even be the House. It’s going to be absolute destruction.”
Ben Carson’s own campaign ended on March 4. He endorsed Trump a week later.
Carson ran as a political outsider, a position Trump claims, too. Carson minced no words calling out the establishment of his own party concerning the current election process and what it says about the country.
“Are the established Republicans more concerned about maintaining control and their positions, or are they more concerned about America? And if they’re more concerned about America, they will not blow up a straightforward process,” Carson said. “They will let the will of the people prevail.”The “will of the people” may be felt in Cleveland in ways Carson may not endorse. Andrew J. Tobias of Cleveland.com wrote about the Cleveland Police Department’s efforts to buy 2,000 new sets of riot gear. The chaotic Republican Party race may make the gear a necessity, not just a precaution.
Trump himself warned of imminent trouble. “I think you’d have riots,” he said on CNN according to Eugene Scott. “I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”
Neurosurgeon Carson has not advocated taking a police riot baton to the head.
Scottie Neil Hughes, a Trump supporter, tried to downplay the candidate’s rhetoric. She said “It’s not riot as in a negative thing like what we’ve seen in the past, it’s the fact that you have a large amount of people that will be very unhappy. I don’t think, in fact I know they would not resort to violence, I know they would not do it.”
Unlike Carson’s rallies, Trump’s have been marred by physical altercations between supporters and protesters. The City of Cleveland is not taking chances things will be different in July.
Carson’s Trump endorsement also baffled and angered the panel of The View.
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Though the women recognized both Carson and Trump as political outsiders shaking up the establishment, they said that Trump is a “racist,” that he has “bashed women,” and “lies all the time.” They asked Carson how he could endorse such a candidate. Carson’s answer reflected his deep concern for the direction of the country’s political process.
“I look at the big picture,” Carson said. “Could I focus only on racial issues? Absolutely. Could I focus only on women’s issues? Absolutely. I cold look at any one little thing and pick anybody apart on it. But right now, the nature of our country is at stake. And we are determining what kind of nation we are going to be. Are we going to be a nation of the people, or of, for and by the government?”Carson’s endorsement of Trump falls short of outright support, though. When faced with Trump’s latest attack on Sen. Ted Cruz, using an unflattering picture of Cruz’s wife, Carson shied away from the smear tactic but held his ground. “(These) political types are very slick and they get you to believe that everything is different now… and that is absolutely not true.”
Carson also said no political office was promised him by Trump, “nor would I accept anything.”
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