Ben Carson backs Donald Trump

Criticizes GOP outreach in the black community

Freddie Allen | 4/18/2016, 10 a.m.
Former Republican presidential nominee and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson said that he trusts Donald Trump to address systemic racial disparities ...
Ben Carson responds to a question during the CNN Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015. (Photo: Adam Rose/CNN)

— Former Republican presidential nominee and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson said that he trusts Donald Trump to address systemic racial disparities affecting the Black people, if the billionaire businessman wins the presidential election in November.

In an exclusive interview with the NNPA News Wire following Trump’s double-digit loss to Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primary in Wisconsin, Carson discussed a wide range of issues including the 2016 elections, health care and reparations for the myriad injustices that have plagued the Black community.

Carson said that he endorsed the Republican frontrunner, when he recognized that the political establishment was making a concerted effort to stop Trump’s campaign. He added that Trump is more than the boisterous, neophyte politician that draws thousands to his rallies with his “Make America Great Again” rhetoric.

“I’ve had a chance to talk to him, in depth and he is one persona on television and a very different persona in real life,” said Carson. “And all you have to do is talk to his employees, he’s got thousands of them. It’s very hard to find anybody that has anything bad to say about him. They love him.”

Carson also attributed the political establishment, which he described as “primarily the Democrats, but many of the Republicans, too,” with lies about his campaign that contributed to his fall in the polls and eventual exit from the race.

“This whole election started out being about the people and the will of the people, but I saw the political establishment flexing its muscle,” and ignoring the will of the people, said Carson, adding that the ruling class will do anything to maintain control.

Despite his historic run for the presidency of the United States and raising more than $57 million in campaign contributions during the 2016 election cycle, according to TIME magazine, Carson criticized the Republican party for its lackluster efforts in reaching out to the Black community.

“More recently, the Republican party has neglected the African American community,” said Carson. “It’s very important that we reverse that, because if you look at what has happened to the African American community over the last few decades, it hasn’t been good.”

When asked whether he’d consider the vice presidency or seat in the president’s cabinet if offered, Carson said that he would prefer to maintain his independence, because he already has a platform to reach all types of groups around the country.

The former presidential candidate said that when he compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery during the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast it was “an unfortunate choice of words that was really at a time that I was a neophyte on the political scene and didn’t recognize that the words that you use can keep people from hearing your message,” said Carson.

Carson offered that health care is a responsibility for a compassionate society, which we are, but not necessarily a right, for everybody.

Carson suggested a health care system involving health empowerment accounts (HEA), which are “like health savings accounts without the bureaucrats.” The HEAs would allow customers to transfer funds between the accounts of family members for medical care within families and buy catastrophic plans across state lines.