In a statement posted to former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s social media pages, campaign director Bob Dees compared those who have expressed opposition to Carson’s endorsement of Donald Trump to those who turned on Jesus and called for His crucifixion.
“[M]any of you sent strong messages of support for today’s endorsement, while many others sent equally strong messages of disappointment,” he wrote. “In all candor, some of this critical dynamic reminds me of Passion Week which began with Hosannas from the people, and ended with ‘Crucify Him.’”
“Yet Christ had not changed, just as Dr. Ben Carson has not changed his devotion to God, his fundamental policy convictions regarding the right path for our nation, or his undying commitment to save America for future generations,” Dees said.
As previously reported, Carson, a Seventh-Day Adventist who Donald Trump once attacked as “pathological” and “low energy,” endorsed the Presbyterian-identifying billionaire business mogul on Friday morning.
“I have found in talking with [Donald Trump] that … there is a lot more alignment philosophically and spiritually than I ever thought that there was,” he said at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. “That actually surprised me more than anything.”
Carson, who praised the candidate’s “guts” and “energy,” said that he has discovered that there are two sides to Trump. The former brain surgeon characterized the Republican front runner as being “cerebral.”
“There are two different Donald Trumps,” he stated. “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.”
“Some people have gotten the impression that Donald Trump is this person who is not malleable, who does not have the ability to listen, and to take information in and make wise decisions. And that’s not true,” Carson continued. “He’s much more cerebral than that.”
His campaign director continued to make the case on Friday for why Carson supported Trump.
“For those of you who seek to analyze this decision through a spiritual lens, we must ask how God’s purposes might have been thwarted if Daniel had not served in Babylon, or if Joseph had not served Pharaoh?” Dees wrote. “While each of us is ultimately responsible to God and others for our response, I would ask those who have been so quick to judge and condemn to simply think about it further.”
He said that Carson was simply interested in saving America from destruction and he believed that Trump was the best way to stop the Democrats.
“As always, Dr. Carson is not being politically correct—he simply wants to save America. He simply wants to solve the great challenges we face. This is why he has courageously and boldly endorsed Donald Trump as the best way to help ‘We the People,'” Dees outlined. “The man who we have loved and followed has not changed—he continues to walk in faith as his Lord provides wisdom and a ‘lamp unto his path.’”
“As we have said for many months now, ‘Donald Trump and Ben Carson sing from the same song book; they just sing in different keys,’” he said.
Some followers accepted Dees’ statement with enthusiasm.
“I have been wanting to see a Carson-Trump or Trump-Carson ticket since the beginning. Is it possible that Dr. Ben Carson could be our vice president in 2017?” one follower named Sue wrote.
“Amazing response. Dr. Carson, you are doing the right thing,” another named Karen opined. “Mr. Trump needs godly people around him, people who are smart and not afraid to do the right thing. I am a Trump supporter because I believe he is the one with the backbone to lead this country back to God.”
But others expressed deep concern and said that Dees was distorting Scripture.
“Dr. Carson’s endorsement reminds you of what Christ endured in the face of His people rejecting Him for crucifixion? I don’t think Daniel endorsed Nebuchadnezzar and I don’t think Joseph endorsed Pharaoh,” a follower named Caleb wrote. “I find it insulting…”
“I don’t really think comparing Dr. Carson to Jesus Christ has any validity what so ever,” remarked another named Van. “Donald Trump represents nothing Christian that I can see. The Bible says you will know them by their fruit. Show me DT’s Christian fruit.”
“Stop trying to use godly men to justify this ungodly decision. Daniel and the others you cite did not compromise their principles,” a follower named Danny wrote. “They were persecuted for not bowing to those pagan kings and in the end that’s what won over those pagan kings. They did not support the ungodliness of those leaders. They did not campaign for those whose actions are anti-Christ…”