Ben Carson Just Endorsed Donald Trump for President

Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has officially endorsed Donald Trump for president. 

The news comes approximately 12 hours after Thursday night's GOP debate at the University of Miami, in which Trump said Carson would support him.

During a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday morning, Carson described Trump as "a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America," according to Time.

"There are two Donald Trumps," the former candidate added. "There is one who sits on the stage and the one who is cerebral ... and that's the one you are going to start seeing more and more of."

Carson echoed his sentiments in the press conference with announcements across his various social media accounts. On Twitter, he described Trump as "a leader with an outsider's perspective" who would "return the government to, 'We the People.'"

Carson's remarks across various platforms endeavored to eclipse Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders by repeatedly referring to Hillary Clinton, who has yet to officially clinch the nomination.

"Join me in supporting and rallying around the only candidate the GOP has that can defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016," Carson wrote in his Facebook post, with no mention of Sanders. 

Trump appeared equally smitten, hugging Carson during the press conference. "It's such an honor to have Ben," Trump said, the Guardian reported. "He's a friend, he's become a friend and I really appreciate the endorsement."

However, Twitterati were quick to pick up on the inconsistencies of the Trump-Carson bromance. Some began retweeting Trump's own words — one such examples is a tweet from The Donald from November, in which he described Carson, who was still a competitor at that point, as "weak."

Notwithstanding his previous comments, the GOP frontrunner indicated there could be an official role for Carson in a Trump-led America. 

"Ben's going to have a big, big, part," Trump said, according to the Guardian. "Maybe Ben doesn't know that yet. But he's going to have a big part."

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Natasha Noman

Natasha is a News Staff Writer covering global affairs. She previously reported on regional affairs from Pakistan. Natasha is based in New York and can be reached at natasha@mic.com.

MORE FROM

New Jersey bill would require kids to be taught how to interact with police

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade would receive the education.

UK Parliament hit with cyberattack

Members of Parliament had difficulty accessing their emails Saturday in the wake of the attack.

Istanbul LGBT pride march banned by government for safety concerns

A right-wing nationalist group has vowed to stop the protest.

Compounds seized by US in December reportedly contained material useful in Russia probe

The Trump administration has reportedly been considering returning the New York and Maryland compounds to Russia.

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un: A timeline of their bizarre bromance

It's been a mostly one-sided love affair.

Southwest China landslide buries 120 people

It was the worst regional landslide since those in the aftermath of a 2008 earthquake.

New Jersey bill would require kids to be taught how to interact with police

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade would receive the education.

UK Parliament hit with cyberattack

Members of Parliament had difficulty accessing their emails Saturday in the wake of the attack.

Istanbul LGBT pride march banned by government for safety concerns

A right-wing nationalist group has vowed to stop the protest.

Compounds seized by US in December reportedly contained material useful in Russia probe

The Trump administration has reportedly been considering returning the New York and Maryland compounds to Russia.

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un: A timeline of their bizarre bromance

It's been a mostly one-sided love affair.

Southwest China landslide buries 120 people

It was the worst regional landslide since those in the aftermath of a 2008 earthquake.