Sources close to Trump have noted that one-time Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson could have his pick of jobs in the White House. Instead, he’ll be sitting through the administration’s term on the sidelines. Why? Well, according to Ben Carson, it’s because Ben Carson would probably just screw up anything he got his gifted hands on. Hey, at least he’s honest.
In a staggeringly clear-eyed assessment of himself, Carson told reporters at The Hill that his profound lack of experience and general ineptitude could very well “cripple the presidency” if he were allowed into the West Wing.
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams told The Hill in a phone call.“Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”
Which is surprising to hear considering as recently as a year ago Ben Carson was running to be President of the United States and was, very briefly, a front-runner in the primaries. Nothing would cripple the presidency quite like Ben Carson in the Oval Office.
By taking himself out of the running, Carson has given a priceless gift to the American educational system. Until just a few days ago, Trump’s team was floating the idea that he could be appointed Secretary of Education. Not lost on any of us: Ben Carson is a Young Earth Creationist. A climate denier. And, as far as anyone can tell, utterly scientifically illiterate. While running for president he infamously sent a tweet that basically argued that being educated was counterproductive.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) October 29, 2015
Carson as a Trump cabinet member would have been an awkward pairing in any case. On the campaign trail, Trump once suggested that Carson was comparable to a child molester. He also openly accused the former neurosurgeon of being a pathological liar. Despite those charges, Carson was an early supporter of Trump’s campaign. Now, Carson says he will simply advise the president-elect “unofficially.”
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