Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has endorsed Donald Trump now that he has dropped out of the presidential race, said on Monday that even if Trump does not make for a great president, four years of Trump is better than any alternative.
As Trump's rallies become even more violent, the GOP candidate is desperately grasping at straws to shield himself from the optics that being surrounded and promoted by white supremacist groups presents for his campaign.
Friday's event in Chicago stood out because the huge number of protesters virtually matched the number of Trump supporters, as opposed to other Trump campaign events where protesters have been a very small, albeit vocal, minority.
Meanwhile, supporters of the candidate broke out into chants of "We want Trump!".
Mediaite reports that at a press conference Friday in which Carson announce his endorsement of Donald Trump, Carson was asked what part God played in his decision to back the real estate titan-turned-presidential frontrunner. Did God lead you to Donald Trump?
"They're just lucky I don't have my knife on me". Marco Rubio of Florida and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be able to continue with their increasingly long-shot candidacies.
At the end of February, Carson was saying that nominating Trump would be a bad idea.
Another thing Carson gleaned in his personal interactions with Trump is that Trump wants the same things for the country that Carson does.
Another commenter highlighted the fact that Carson's endorsement effectively squandered any integrity or goodwill he had gained during his candidacy: "I'm very disappointed for what Dr Carson did, well now what we did doesn't matter". While we all know the arrogant, confident, loud personality in front of the camera, Carson promises that Trump is much different behind the scenes.
DONALD TRUMP: I have been hearing from virtually everybody in the Republican Party, and they are congratulating me.
Eager to avoid a schism, the chair of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, insisted on Thursday that the party would support the chosen nominee "100%", although party heavyweights have trained their big guns on Trump to discredit him. There are massive numbers of Republicans pledging not to vote for him in the general election; sitting members of congress are saying they won't support him in the general; Mitch McConnell is openly telling Republican senators they can distance themselves from him.
Carson's comments come after a Trump supporter was charged with assault after he allegedly sucker-punched a protester in the face during a rally in North Carolina last week.