Former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson announced his endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump on Friday, saying the billionaire had vision, guts and energy.
Trump mentioned the support during Thursday night’s Republican debate in Florida. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who quit the race last week, made the choice official with a Facebook post.
In the endorsement, Carson pointed to the number of years he and Trump have known each other and brushed aside the personal attacks Trump has made against him. Those taunts included comparing Carson to a pedophile in a November speech in Iowa, after Carson said he had a pathological temper in his youth.
“There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes,” Carson told Fox News Radio on Thursday.
“They’re not the same person.”
Carson also tweeted that Trump had vision, guts and energy.
A week ago, Carson skipped the candidates’ debate in his Detroit hometown, saying he saw no “political path forward” in the contest. He did not win any states and had fewer than 10 delegates.
Carson joins New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as dropouts who have tossed their support to Trump.
Christie dropped out in late February.
Trump has won 14 of the states that have held primaries and caucuses. He captured three states in this week’s voting.