Dr. Ben Carson made yet another odd appearance on behalf of Donald Trump Thursday on CNN, fumbling answers about whether he thought there were better candidates and at one point accusing one of the interviewers of once being charged with a crime.
Since endorsing Trump last month, the former GOP presidential contender has not been particularly helpful to Trump's cause in numerous media appearances, acknowledging Trump's deceits, saying he honestly would prefer another candidate and suggesting if Trump was a bad president, it would only last four years anyway.
At one point Thursday, when CNN host John Berman asked Carson about the battery charges against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Carson responded by suggesting Berman himself had been charged with a crime before.
"Well, I mean a lot of people have been charged with various things," Carson said. "That doesn't necessarily mean we need to demonize them. You've probably been charged with something, too."
Berman and co-host Kate Bolduan shot looks at one another.
"Maybe with a misdemeanor or something. That doesn't mean that you're an evil, horrible person," Carson said.
"I actually haven't, as far as I know," Berman said, while Carson kept talking.
Later, Berman asked Carson about his recent remarks that there were "probably" better choices for president than Trump.
"I don't think you have to really think about that," Carson said. "Doesn't matter what you're doing. There are better people than me at neurosurgery. There are better people than you at being a broadcaster. There are better people at everything."
Bolduan asked Carson if he had someone in mind when he remarked there potentially better choices.
"I don't think that that's a useful place to go, but it's an obvious statement," Carson said.
"You brought it up," Bolduan said.
"If you drop a brick off of a building, it's going to fall," Carson said. "Obviously, there's always going to be someone who's better at virtually anything. It doesn't mean that you're not good, but of course there always better people at anything. That should be an obvious statement."
Bolduan repeated Carson brought it up, again asking if he had another person in mind.
Carson then said the sound had deteriorated and he was unable to hear the CNN anchors any longer.
"You think I'm making excuses. It's true," Carson said.
"I'm happy to talk a lot louder if need be," Bolduan said, smiling.
Suddenly, Carson could hear when Berman again asked who Carson had in mind, or, "How could [Trump] be better?"
"That second part is a good question," Carson said. "There's always more things to learn, there's always the possibility of trying to learn more about the constituency ... Working on trying to allow them to be successful."
After the interview concluded, Berman said he would call his lawyer, given Carson's accusations.
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