Setting aside any bad blood, Ben Carson, former republican presidential candidate, endorsed Donald Trump on Friday–praising him for his “guts” and “energy.”
While at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Carson stated publicly that the Trump he knows differs from the one known in the public sphere. “There are two different Donald Trumps: There’s the one you see on the stage and there’s the one who is very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully. You can have a very good conversation with him. That’s the Donald Trump that you’re going to start seeing more and more of.”
Trump agreed with Carson’s sentiments, saying that “there’s the public version … it seems to have worked over my lifetime…I think it’s different than the personal one.” However, shortly thereafter, he condemned the statement. “I don’t think there are two Donald Trumps. I think there’s one Donald Trump.”
Carson and Trump have a history brimming with disputes: Trump called Carson “pathological” at Iowa in November and compared his attitude to that of a child molester. “If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure, they can’t stop you. Pathological, there’s no cure.” Trump said at the time. However, when asked about their past, Carson said that, “We buried the hatchet. That was political stuff. We move on.”
Carson also denounced the efforts within the republican party to stop Trump’s campaign. “What I have seen recently is political operatives … trying to thwart the will of the people,” Carson said. “I want the political process to play out.”
Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and republican presidential candidate also backed Trump.