The way this Republican primary has gone, it’s hard to be surprised by anything.
But a lot of eyebrows still went up Thursday when news broke that Ben Carson would endorse Donald Trump. Remember, Trump made a sport of insulting Carson in the earlier stages of the campaign. The most memorable example came Nov. 13, when Trump described Carson’s temper as “pathological” and compared him to a child molester, saying “there’s no cure for it.”
“Pathological, there’s no cure for that,” Trump told CNN.
Nonetheless, the two seemed to bury the hatchet by Friday morning, when Carson officially backed Trump during a news conference at a Mar-A-Lago Club. Trump’s attacks “didn’t bother me that much at the time. I fully expected it,” Carson said. “When that happened, he was fighting to catch up, and sometimes when people are frightened they say foolish things.”
Twitter was, of course, primed for jokes at Carson’s expense. Here are a selection:
Ben Carson was already a legendary neurosurgeon but he's really outdone himself by removing his own brain
— John Tabin (@johntabin) March 10, 2016
Is there any surgeon brilliant and gifted enough to separate Ben Carson's public legacy from this whole campaign season?
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) March 11, 2016
Donald Trump teaming up with Ben Carson is the premise for a great con man buddy movie.
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 11, 2016
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 11, 2016
Maybe Ben Carson is announcing his apprentice spinoff where celebrities try doing surgery and the worst one gets kicked off each week.
— Colin Diersing (@cdiersing) March 11, 2016
How many copies of Carson’s books did Trump promise to buy?
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) March 11, 2016
Ben Carson must have given Trump a few of his sleeping pills.
— Stuart Rothenberg (@StuPolitics) March 11, 2016
Carson endorsement contingent upon him staying awake #GOPDebate
— David Dayen (@ddayen) March 11, 2016
Carson's endorsement of Trump is really just part of the fruit salad of this campaign.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 11, 2016
And two important thoughts:
"Trump's not racist — Ben Carson endorsed him!" will be the new "Racism is over in the US — we have a black president!"
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) March 11, 2016
It actually makes me sad how much Ben Carson has just thrown away whatever legacy he had among black folks.
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 11, 2016