Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ben Carson claims that he did not want to endorse Donald Trump but he offered him a job once elected, which is illegal.

Courtesy of Think Progress:  

Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy on Friday, appears less than enthusiastic about that decision. And the real reason the unsuccessful GOP presidential hopeful endorsed his former rival could be a violation of federal law. 

Carson then said that Trump had promised him a role in his administration, “certainly in an advisory capacity.” Asked by NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg whether this meant a cabinet position, Carson declined to “reveal any details about it right now, because all of this is still very liquid.”

Carson also reveals in the interview that he would have rather endorsed  John Kasich or Marco Rubio, but he did not see either of them winning the nomination.

So apparently Donald Trump's advisers failed to explain this US Legal Code to their candidate:

Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

I imagine that Trump would simply laugh off a fine, but jail time, THAT could really put a crimp in Trump's plans for his next reality show "The Apprentice to the Man who was a Presidential Candidate and has a Yuge Penis."

And of course this also essentially proves that Trump is making deals with people to get their endorsements.

I imagine he offered Chris Christie the Attorney General position, Joe Arpaio Secretary of Homeland Security, and Sarah Palin Secretary of Going into Fake Labor.


  1. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Seeing Donald charged would be a good way for "the establishment" to get rid of him. Let's see whether anyone pursues this.

    1. Good point - there may be another fix in the offing.
      Ben Carson may have his uses, after all. Or, The Donald will have made him another deal to deny the offer. "I misspoke," Carson will say, grinning stupidly, his eyes shut tight.

    2. Anonymous3:28 PM

      No, it will be who will be "the lawyer" to see to it he has jail time.

    3. Not gonna happen. After all, they only have Ben Carson's word for it. And he's hardly a dependable source.

      I have no doubt Trump did this. I also am convinced he made a similar deal with Christie for his endorsement.

      But the trouble will be in proving it.

      On another note, Obama has made his choice for Supreme Court Justice. A good one. It will be interesting to see if the GOP decides they'd rather have Obama's moderate pick than take a chance on Trump's pick or heaven forbid Hillary's pick. Because they're going to have to confirm someone.

      Better the devil you know. (Aside from the fact that they had no problem confirming him before and actually like the guy. He's a man, he's a moderate and he's white. I'm not sure they'll do better than that.)

  2. Trump will just say, "Their word against mine. Nothing is on paper." And he will squirm out of it, just like he is not going to be indicted for inciting violence. The fix is probably in everywhere, already, with this POS.

    1. Anonymous12:36 PM

      I am sure you are correct, Trump was probable on phone and told Carson to keep his mouth shut, that there is no job offer.

      Let's see if we see Carson on the campaign trail after this.

      the Donald also has his volunteers sign a non-compete clause:

      Donald Trump makes his volunteers sign their political lives away

      If there’s one thing we know about Donald Trump’s organization, it’s that it’s over-the-top litigious. In business dealings, Trump’s go-to strategy is to test the law’s limits and dare his less-powerful opponents to challenge him in court.

      It appears as though Trump is running his presidential campaign much in the same way.
      According to the Daily Dot, not only is Trump making volunteers submit to background checks and sign non-disclosure agreements (as had previously been reported), but he also makes them sign a contract that includes ridiculous and possibly unenforceable restrictions that could potentially extend for the rest of Trump’s life.


    2. If Trump becomes President, other countries/allies will deal with the U.S. as they would personally with a snake. They will want to strike first, before he does.

      How soon before the U.S. is seen as an enemy country and ganged up on in U.S.-excluding treaties and blind-sided.

      Every season in Survivor, contestants who can't
      get along, have no social game, are seen as cheats, blowhards, untrustworthy sociopathic narcissists & angry bullies never win. And they will blame anybody but themselves when they are voted out.

    3. Anonymous3:26 PM

      All I can say is dtrump is the ugliest candidate. Eewww. Malaria ...eww....gross. The white house will be ruined for good.

  3. "Going into fake labor" -- lol!

    1. Anonymous1:56 PM

      best line

    2. I don't care what Drumpf promised Sarah. She's a fool to trust him. *IF* he gets elected she will not get any sort of appointment whatsoever. She will be sent packing to Alaska and the Secret Service will make sure she never gets near Drumpf again.

  4. Anonymous11:47 AM

    No, Sara would serve as "hostess" to her Russian neighbor when he met with trump.

  5. Anonymous11:50 AM

    This makes sense why Sarah Palin didn't rush to her serious injured husband’s side who is intensive care with broken ribs and collapsed lung.

    The post above explains why Sarah stayed with Trump when her husband needed her.

    Did Trump offer Sarah a cabinet position in his administration if she stumps for him?

    This makes sense why Sarah stayed with Trump while her son was locked up behind bars for domestic violence.

    Sarah Palin what did Fuhrer Trump offer you to keep you away from your family?

    Anonymous10:59 AM said
    I so wonder about a woman who would not immediately attend to her husband and family in such a situation. She has children under 18! What was she thinking? I can only surmise she really needs the money. Or she thinks when she becomes Trump’s secretary of state she can spin her lack of sentiment toward her family as some kind of “strength of mind” narrative. With Palin and Trump up is down and down is up.

    1. Anita Winecooler3:39 PM

      "What was she thinking?"

      Look at MEEEE I'm talking to huge crowds and cameras and lights are on ME. Todd on life support? Oh well, things happen, but LOOK AT ME!!!!!
      It's been, at best, a marriage of convenience.

  6. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Ben Carson remember snitches gets stitches. Donald Trump doesn't forget who throws him under the bus.

  7. Anonymous11:53 AM

    Seriously now. Just what did he promise $arah? We know it as something she wanted because there always has to be something in "the deal" for her.

    Trump's campaign is nothing but "the art of the deal." He knows nothing and cares naught for governing our nation.

    1. I really doubt he promised her anything. Why would he? She seems to be putting much more of an effort in trying to stay stuck to the bottom of his shoe than he seems to be in keeping her around.

      An actual candidate who has some delegates up for grabs? Sure. Yappy squawky Palin begging for camera time? Meh.

    2. He'll promise her anything he thinks she wants.

      Doesn't mean squat.

      She'll never get it.

      Drumpf is not one to keep promises.

      It will serve her right.

      Of course, Drumpf isn't going to *be* the next president so I guess it doesn't really matter.

  8. The fact that Ben Carson admitted that with no concept of its illegality shows just how ignorant he is of how government works. Amazing.

    1. He might be ignorant of it but Drumpf is simply contemptuous of it. I'm sure he's aware he can't make these "promises", he just doesn't give a damn.

  9. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Trump: Obama was not born in the United States and should not have been elected president.

    Trump: Cruz is a Canadian and can't run for president

    Trump: Hillary Clinton is a criminal and can't run for president

    Obama/Cruz/Hillary: Donald Trump can't run for president. He is a criminal for offering jobs in his administration cabinet for endorsements if he is elected president.

    1. Anonymous12:46 PM

      ♫ "The wheels on the bus go round and round..." ♫

  10. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Sarah would be Secretary of Fake Labor and still be Secretary of Energy, cause we all want her vast knowledge of nuclear power to be utilized and she promised to do away with that dept, i.e. quit it record time.

  11. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Video/audio of the deal or no possibility of prosecution. Teflon Trump.

  12. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Gov Chris Christie skips police officer's funeral in his state to stump for Trump

    Sarah Palin stumps for Trump and does not immediately leave Donald Trump's side when her son is arrested for domestic violence or when her husband is in serious condition in the hospital.

    Ben Carson only stumps for Trump for a job in President Trump's cabinet

    What was Chris Christie and Sarah Palin offered?

    1. Anonymous3:51 PM

      I think Christie may have been offered Attorney General or even nomination for SCOTUS. Palin...I just can't think of anything.

  13. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Ben Carson: I Didn't Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position
    ThinkProgress - 5 hours ago

    Ben Carson Wanted to Endorse Someone Else But Trump Promised Him a Position
    Gawker - 4 hours ago

  14. And this is what a Trump presidency would look like.
    He'd break fifty laws a day because he has no effing idea nor does he care about what he isn't allowed or supposed to do.

    1. Anonymous12:43 PM

      That's right, and we already know that we have a congress with no guts whatsoever!

  15. Anonymous12:24 PM

    Is "fluffer" a cabinet level position? Maybe that's what palin was hoping to get.

    1. Anita Winecooler3:33 PM

      Never gonna happen, unless the person is blind or doesn't look down. She's the antidote for Viagra side effects, especially the four hour flagpole one.

  16. Sarah better hope she got a promise. She'd certainly feel swindled if she gave it up for nothing, and disgraced the Palin Family Code.

    1. Anonymous12:40 PM

      It would serve 'em all right if he turned his back on every last one of 'em if this country is dumb enough to elect him. What are they going to do? Sue him? hahaha

  17. Anonymous12:25 PM

    You see, it was just a yuuuuge misunderstanding Yuuuuge. Carson's never awake anyway. Never awake. It's amazing. Amazing low energy. He just dreamed I said that because he's always asleep. Always.

    1. Balzafiar1:04 PM

      You have his speech pattern down pat! Thanks for the laugh.

  18. Anonymous12:28 PM

    so our country will just be donald trump's big playpen. you get to play, you don't. shit.

    1. Anonymous12:38 PM

      That's how I envision it!

  19. Anonymous1:00 PM

    Just think Sarah, had you worked hard and taken advantage of the opportunities offered, you would be running for president. But you chose to be greedy. Now you are begging for work. And you are a national joke and those pundits who had your back are embarrassed to have supported you.

    1. Anonymous4:03 PM

      Work? $arah?? She thought she'd just waltz right in; no one would EVER elect a "Sambo" (her term) to the presidency, let alone two terms, and she n-e-v-e-r got over it even though she said her "god" told her that the right people would win.

      It's been rather fun to watch her decline into insanity. Narcissism has its price.

  20. Just imagine for a moment if Clinton did this, omg the world would end. The fake outrage would destroy us all.

  21. You don't think this has been going on forever? Do you really think the Clintons were anxious to campaign for Pres. Obama after Hillary lost the nomination?

    So, she got the Secretary of State job without any quid pro quo?

    Spare me...

    1. Anonymous1:47 PM

      Actually, I believe Obama agreed to cover her campaign debt.

    2. Anonymous1:55 PM

      Yea, I'll spare ya'. Is it POSSIBLE, ever possible that Hillary was asked to be SOS for her qualifications? FFS give it a rest!

    3. Anonymous2:05 PM


      Obama isn't sloppy like Drumpf. If there were understandings or discussions about the possibility of nominations to cabinet-level position, that's not the same thing as a promise of a job.

      Your pal, Maryanne.
      And the professor, also too.

    4. Anonymous2:57 PM

      I agree with you Ginger. The difference is that both Obama and Clinton are bright enough to not tell "the public" about their discussions. Discretion is not part of either Trump's or Carson's innate or learned behaviors.

      And these are not the only politicians to ever engage in this sort of dealing. It's called part of "business as usual."

      Please people please, WAKE UP!

    5. Anonymous3:39 PM

      Spare me. She does have all the qualifications. Not like she came out of no where.

  22. imnofred1:16 PM

    Trump is just like Palin. The rules that apply to everybody else don't apply to him.

  23. Anonymous1:19 PM

    The rules don't apply to narcissists. They just do what they can get away with.

  24. " "The Apprentice to the Man who was a Presidential Candidate and has a Yuge Penis.""
    Correction: "The Apprentice to the Man who was a Presidential Candidate and says he has a Yuge Penis."

  25. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Like it says in The Constitution: "These laws apply to everyone with few exceptions."

    Drumpf's just lucky he's apparently one of the exempt ones.

    Plus Carson is lying. Drumpf NEVER promised him a job.

    Drumpf said "I have job for you, Benji: go into the other room and bring me back a Diet Mr. Pibb." Carson didnt hear it right.

    But if Drumpf did promise Carson a job it was obviously a performance piece in the fictional Donald Trump TV reality show character.

    Plus, it's the fault of an aide - possibly with ISIS affiliations - who's already been fired and who will NEVER work at a Trump property or in a Trump business again. EVER!!!

    Ok, let's move on now that that's settled...

  26. Anonymous2:02 PM

    If he wins, we all become his employees.

  27. Now where is the DOJ on this deal?

  28. Anita Winecooler3:27 PM

    Does Dior make vertical black and white striped prison outfits with gold plated handcuffs and crystal studded shackles?
    Wasn't Ben Carson a Brain Surgeon at one time? And how much did the RNC pay him to say that out loud?

  29. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Yeah, Carson, the Surgeon General.

    So what did he offer $arah exactly? No kidding aside....

  30. Anonymous12:33 AM

    No, Christie gets to be White House Chef, with all the leftovers he can eat. It's his dream job.


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