Carson’s claim, tantamount to pleading guilty to federal conspiracy, is unproven – but consistent with Trump’s style
By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI
Political dimwit and failed presidential wannabe Dr. Ben Carson says he really didn’t want to endorse Donald Trump for president, but candidly admits he did so because the candidate offered him a role in a Trump administration.
The retired surgeon should have seized his own tongue with both of those “gifted hands” he brags of before he blabbed about the Trump bribe – beecause such offers are expressly forbidden by federal law.
The U.S. Code is simple and unequivocal:
“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.”
It is hard to imagine how an explicit offer, from the candidate, of employment in exchange for support could be anything but “willful.”
Carson laments a paucity of offers
As reported by thinkprogress.org, Carson said backing Trump was the best available deal.
“I didn’t see a path for [John] Kasich, who I like, or for [Marco] Rubio, who I like,” Carson explained. “As far as [Ted] Cruz is concerned, I don’t think he’s gonna be able to draw independents and Democrats unless has some kind of miraculous change … Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes. But that scenario isn’t available.”
Asked to clarify what he meant, Carson, who once offered to run as Trump’s vice president, hamfistedly explained that he would have preferred to back one of the other candidates, had there been incentive to do so.
Did Trump really offer Carson a post-election job? It is plausible, but difficult to prove.
Carson the erstwhile candidate, who chronically drifted off to sleep during nationally televised debates, had a penchant, during his waking moments, for telling fantastic stories about his personal exploits as an attempted murderer and a betrayer of unarmed clerks at a franchise chicken outfit. So the quality of his credibility rating lacks a couple of stars.
It probably doesn’t matter. Nobody believes for a moment that Trump will be brought before the bar of justice for making the sort of wheeler-dealer promises he’s famous for not keeping.
Co-opting his bested rivals
That doesn’t mean the King of Braggadocio has not been actively undermining the competition by co-opting political rivals and others who could steal headlines if they were to endorse a presidential opponent.
Has Chris Christie been promised the job as Trump’s attorney general? It is a job he has publicly admitted he covets.
We don’t know if there has been such an offer; there’s been no on-the-record talk of it that we are aware of. But it would go far to explain why the corpulent closer of bridges would, during an embarrassingly faux interview, adoringly lob fawning questions, like so many softball fungoes, to Trump, and then subject himself to withering mocking and public humiliation by the Golden Meanie.
The same goes for publicity junkie Sarah Palin, the loopy and shamelessly opportunistic half-term Alaska governor, whom Trump quickly brought into his stable of endorsers before someone else reeled her in, for the media-attention value.
Now Palin’s appearance schedule is under Trump’s control. Her screwball showboating will lend comic relief and distract from the frightening dark fascist underside of the Trump campaign.
Be careful what you wish for
Palin, ever clueless, had already let it be known that she had a Cabinet position in mind.
“I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations,” she said.
If she gets the DOE job, she’s in for a big surprise. The Department of Energy handles such things as nuclear weapons and disposing of waste from nuclear reactors. Oil, gas and minerals are the province of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Michael W. Dominowski is the editor of Not For Hire Media.